The Nationals in government will provide an additional $8 million to increase the number of Country University Centres (CUC) in regional NSW.

Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead said the Nationals have constantly backed our regional communities, providing an unprecedented level of funding and opportunities.

“Regional students deserve the same opportunities as their peers in the cities, to live in their local area, close to their family and friends, while undertaking their university education.

“That’s why the Nationals will invest a further $8 million to construct at least five new Country University Centres, providing a local study space for those who are studying by distance.”

“Facilities will include high speed internet, video-conferencing and computer and print facilities as well as workshops delivered by qualified local instructors.”

“I want to secure these facilities for our area to make a university education more accessible,” Mr Bromhead said.

I have written to Deputy Premier John Barilaro advocating for a CUC for the Myall Lakes electorate, and should I be the Member after this weekends election, I have scheduled a meeting with Mr Ian Smith,  Director, Department Premier and Cabinet in April to progress our business case.

“As well as the great personal benefits for students, this will also help reduce the ‘brain drain’ from country regions to city areas, and allow local businesses to access local people with the qualifications to meet their needs.”

Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the Country University Centre will assess suitable locations for five new regional hubs, which will be established in collaboration with local communities.

“Education is one of the greatest investments we can make, and since the first Country Universities Centre opened in Cooma in 2013, we have gone on to see the expansion of many more across NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.

“What I love about the Country University Centre model is that it really works; giving students in regional NSW the opportunity to complete a degree at home without having to relocate to the city, which is often disruptive and expensive.”

For more information on the Country Universities Centres, visit https://www.cuc.org.au/