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JINDABYNE TO HOST EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM THANKS TO NSW GOVERNMENT GRANT
Thursday, 7 March 2019
Jindabyne will play host to an inaugural regional education symposium hosted by the Country Universities Centre, courtesy of funding from the NSW Government, the Member for Monaro John Barilaro said today.
Mr Barilaro said a one off grant of $10,000 will be made available to the Country Universities Centre (CUC) to assist in running the Best Practice in Regional Study Hubs Symposium on November 15 in Jindabyne.
The funding falls under the NSW Government’s Regional Business Event Development Fund, which aims to attract more business event visitors into rural and regional areas.
“We are constantly looking to attract great conferences to our special corner of the state,” said Mr Barilaro.
“The Snowy Monaro region is the birthplace of the Country Universities Centre (CUC) model and so I am delighted to announce that the CUC will receive funding to run this symposium locally.
“We know that events like this one will generate extra business for our restaurants, attractions and accommodation providers, all driving the local economy and creating jobs.
“I commend the CUC for its work in making tertiary education more accessible for regional and remote communities.”
Mr Barilaro said the funding will go towards transports services to the symposium and post event tours showcasing the area.
CUC Chief Executive Officer, Duncan Taylor, is pleased that the funding will go toward developing equitable education in regional New South Wales.
“We know that regional and remote students are underrepresented in higher education,” said Mr Taylor
“This symposium enables us to explore the initiatives that will serve students in regional, rural and remote Australians the best.
“We thank John Barilaro and his team, as well as our local business supporters, for backing this event and look forward to delivering an event that provides a quality forum for those passionate about providing equitable access to tertiary education.”
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the conferencing industry is currently worth $173 million in overnight visitor expenditure to rural and regional NSW.
“From the bush to the coast, we want everyone to know that NSW offers delegates a great opportunity to do business, which is why we created the Regional Business Event Development Fund, to drive even more investment in our local communities,” Mr Marshall said. “Since launching the Regional Conferencing Strategy Action Plan, we have assisted and secured events that will welcome over 18,000 delegates into regional areas and NSW Government is committed to maintaining this momentum.” Delegates will travel to the region from Pilbara, Arnhem Land, Goondiwindi and Tasmania.
The Best Practice in Regional Study Hubs Symposium will take place on November 15 at Lake Crackenback Resort, Jindabyne.
Those interested in participating are encouraged to contact Monica Davis, CUC Director of Educational Delivery firstname.lastname@example.org or on 1800 OUR CUC.
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