High-tech campus on the rise in Central Coast

The opening of a new state-of-the-art University of Newcastle campus in Gosford is a step closer following the signing of the final agreement between the NSW Government and the University of Newcastle.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO. and Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes with a render of the new building

Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes said the finalised agreement delivers on the Liberals and Nationals Government’s commitment to bring a tertiary education campus to the city centre of Gosford.

“Together with our investments in the Central Coast Strategy and in faster rail – investment in education will grow this amazing region’s economy, boost local jobs, and create a beating civic heart in Gosford,” Mr Stokes said.

“This campus will become a cornerstone of the Liberals and National’s Six Cities plan, creating a catalyst for development and investment to bring jobs closer to home for the people of the Central Coast.”

Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade Alister Henskens said the new campus will create a pipeline of skilled workers and link students to employment opportunities.

“The University of Newcastle is a global leader in education, so this new world-class facility will enable local students to study and build skills without needing to travel long distances,” Mr Henskens said.

“The new campus will further enhance NSW’s standing as an international destination of choice for study, research and work.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch said the new campus will deliver courses that capitalise on the Central Coast’s strengths.

“The new University of Newcastle campus is an investment in our future, creating education pathways to new skills, opportunities and ideas. It will also support the great work we’re seeing in strong local industries, such as health, wellbeing, food and manufacturing,” Mr Crouch said.

The new campus will be built at 299-309 Mann Street Gosford, with funding from the NSW Government, Commonwealth Government and the University of Newcastle.

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky AO welcomed the news and the opportunity for more people to study locally.

“This new campus gives us the opportunity to increase educational participation rates, generate new jobs, support emerging industries, develop the health services workforce, and foster innovation and entrepreneurship. We are also pursuing our plans to provide safe and affordable student accommodation on the site,” he said.

The NSW Government will also establish a working group with stakeholders, including the University of Newcastle, to explore options for the delivery of Stage 2 of the Gosford campus project.