LABOR COMMITS $133 MILLION TOWARDS UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE’S VISION FOR THE CENTRAL COAST  - WEDNESDAY, 1 MAY 2019

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TANYA PLIBERSEK MP 
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION 
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING 
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN 
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY  
  
JASON CLARE MP 
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT 
SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESOURCES 
AND NORTHERN AUSTRALIA 
MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND 
  
SENATOR DEBORAH O’NEILL  
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR INNOVATION  
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH  
MANAGER OF OPPOSITION BUSINESS IN THE SENATE  
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES  
 
ANNE CHARLTON 
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR ROBERTSON   
 
LABOR COMMITS $133 MILLION TOWARDS UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE’S VISION FOR THE CENTRAL COAST  

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $133 million in the University of Newcastle’s presence on the Central Coast. 
 
This election is a choice between a Shorten Labor Government with a plan for education, or more cuts and chaos from the Liberals.  
 
Labor will invest $28 million to help build the infrastructure for Gosford’s first university campus and education precinct.  
 
An estimated $105 million is for an additional 2,000 Commonwealth supported university places on the Central Coast over the next decade. 
 
Anne Charlton, Labor’s Candidate for Robertson, said a person from North Sydney is three times more likely to have a degree than someone from the Central Coast.  
 
“Youth unemployment remains higher than the New South Wales average.  
 
“Around 70 per cent of undergraduate university students study outside the region. 
 
“Thousands of residents leave the Central Coast every day to commute to work.  
 
“We need to do much better, and projects like the new campus at Gosford will make a big difference. 
 
“Labor’s funding will support the University of Newcastle to deliver a world-class education, research and innovation hub geared towards equipping the people of the Central Cost with skills for the future,” Anne Charlton said.  
 
The region will be served by two interconnected campuses in Gosford and Ourimbah, each with distinct offerings suited to the needs of the community.  
 
At Ourimbah, the University will enhance its partnership with TAFE NSW to provide new opportunities for young people to pursue further study across the sectors.    
 
It’s expected that the project will attract up to 2,000 additional students to the Central Coast over the next decade. 
 
The new Gosford Campus will support up to 1,000 jobs during peak operation and construction is expected to commence in 2022. 
 
Deborah O’Neill, Senator for New South Wales, said the University’s $145 million facility will include a learning and support hub, community and clinical services centre, small business and entrepreneurship centre, and affordable accommodation for around 300 students. 
 
“Courses will be tailored to the region and projected job opportunities in areas including business and law, communication, early childhood, social work, marine science, cyber security and data science.  
 
“The University will strengthen its relationship with TAFE NSW to develop and deliver articulation pathways and sub-degree credentials, providing life-long learning opportunities for locals.  
 
“This will enable many of the 24,000 Central Cost residents with advanced diploma and diploma completions to upskill to bachelor level and beyond, to meet the growing job needs of the region. 
 
“The University will also work closely with local schools to provide exciting learning opportunities and support students’ transition out of high school,” Senator O’Neill said. 
 
Scott Morrison has put an unfair cap on the number of students the government will fund to go to university on the Central Coast. 
 
In contrast, Labor will guarantee funding for every single Australian undergraduate student enrolled at the Gosford and Ourimbah campuses. 
 
That’s an estimated $105 million in funding over the next decade. 
 
Labor is committed to helping deliver the University of Newcastle’s vision for the Central Coast because we know that nine in 10 jobs created in the coming years will need a university or TAFE qualification. 
 
We want the Central Coast to have a strong economy and secure, decently paid jobs. 
 
This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better universities, hospitals and schools, or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals. 
 
After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready.   
 
WEDNESDAY, 1 MAY 2019