The Murray Bridge Learning and Innovation Hub was officially opened by the Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP on Monday 1st March.
Communities in the town of Murray Bridge in the Murraylands, are set to benefit from the development of a student, business and community collaboration hub within the Murray Bridge Learning Centre.
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the project was a significant investment in building a stronger economy and driving jobs for the long term.
“Establishing a university presence in Murray Bridge will ensure more students remain within the region. This expanded opportunity for education-based career development will build a stronger foundation for economic growth and diversification.” Mr Pasin said.
“In addition, the establishment of the Murray Bridge Learning & Innovation Hub will see skilled career development staff who are essential to the growth and resilience of the Murrayland employed within our community.” Mr Pasin said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $270,359 investment in community infrastructure would provide long term benefits to the Murray Bridge region.
“This investment has seen the delivery of a desirable local alternative to city-based higher education campuses and will go a long way in assisting in the retention of local students,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“This will prove to be a real boon for the area and is a great example of the Australian Government’s commitment to rural and regional areas, this project supported 25 jobs in the construction phase alone.”
Rural City of Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis said the facility would encourage retention of local talent and benefit the regional economy.
“For more than a decade, Murray River communities have been advocating for a post-secondary education presence to address the loss of local learners to Adelaide and to improve career and economic development within the region,” he said.
“We are overjoyed the hard work has paid off and we now have an accessible regional Study Hub where students can pursue higher education, while also supporting local businesses to access training that aligns with their needs.”
This project received $270,359 in funding from the Australian Government under Building Better Regions Fund. Other project contributors were TAFE SA ($530,859), Rural City of Murray Bridge ($4,500), Regional Development Australia ($4,000) and Murray Bridge High School ($1,000).
Mr McCormack – Dean Shachar 0418 202 860 | Jock Rice-Ward 0417 837 565
Tony Pasin MP – Anna Hawkins | 0439 651 016 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Brenton Lewis – via Office of the CEO 08 8539 1100