Already well recognised for its sugar, rum, tourism, horticulture and aviation industries, Bundaberg will now be known as a ‘University City’ as well.
Bundaberg Regional Council and CQUniversity Australia have signed an Accord as a formal expression of their common goals and partnership intentions.
The Council pledge includes a commitment to offer three engineering student cadetships, aligned with the introduction of first-year engineering programs at CQUniversity Bundaberg Campus from 2013.
These cadetships will offer financial support for study and vacation employment within the Council operations.
The Accord was signed by Mayor Cr Lorraine Pyefinch and Council CEO Peter Byrne, along with Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman and Bundaberg Head of Campus Professor Phillip Clift at 10:30am, Tuesday 28 February 2012 at the Council Chambers.
Professor Clift says it is well documented that regional communities which host university campuses, benefit from enhanced economic, social and environmental outcomes.
“CQUniversity has pledged to be ‘multi-city’ and fully engaged with its communities,” he said.
“Meantime, Bundaberg Regional Council’s vision includes that it will be ‘connected’ with its region.”
Mayor Pyefinch says the Accord is a “written expression of the strength of the city-campus partnership, now and in the future”.
“In confirming this Accord the parties agree to further the engagement imperative shared by both,” said Cr Pyefinch.