Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for State Development

    Government meets its funding commitments to UWA Albany

    17/08/2007 3:00 PM

    The State Government today completed its funding commitment of support to the University of Western Australia Albany Centre.

    Treasurer Eric Ripper today presented a cheque for $27,500 to mark the final instalment of the $800,000 provided to the centre over the last seven years.

    Mr Ripper said that the UWA Albany Centre had used the State Government funding to assist in the purchase of scientific and computing equipment, including an innovative lecture-recording system so that lectures could be delivered to and from the Albany campus.

    Funds were also used to develop the UWA Albany library collection, through the purchase of books for the jointly-funded redevelopment of Albany Public Library.

    “The provision of this infrastructure has enabled the UWA Albany Centre to develop into a high quality tertiary education provider offering a wide range of courses to local people,” he said.

    “In its early years, the UWA Albany Centre offered only part degree courses in a limited range of disciplines such as teaching and nursing, with students completing their degrees elsewhere.

    “Today, the centre offers full first-year enrolments in more than 30 undergraduate degrees, as well as complete degrees in arts and science (restoration ecology).

    The UWA Albany Centre opened in 2000 as a very modest enterprise, based in the Old Headmaster’s House, then moved the following year to the Old Post Office Centre.

    “The centre is a success story - not only for Albany, but for regional Western Australia in general,” Mr Ripper said.

    “The Great Southern Development Commission, the UWA Albany Foundation, the City of Albany and staff at the UWA Albany Centre have all done a great job.”

    Albany MLA Peter Watson said he was proud of the State Government’s role in assisting the UWA Albany Centre to grow and prosper.

    “To keep Albany as a strong and vibrant community, we need to offer our young people jobs, education options and amenities as incentives to stay in Albany,” Mr Watson said.

    “As the UWA Albany Centre continues to develop, we can be confident that it will continue to be an exciting and very valued part of our community.”

    Without funding support from the State Government, UWA Albany Centre Director Barbara Black said the centre would not have been able to offer such an exceptional level of service to its students.

    “An outstanding selection of courses and learning opportunities are now on offer with the UWA Albany Centre having become a leader in both research and education in the field of natural resource management,” she said.

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