Country University Centre campus for Narrabri

Long-awaited announcement made

Country University steering committee members Hugh Palmer, Jocellin Jansson, Mayor Cathy Redding, Trudy Staines, Narrabri Shire libraries manager Jenny Campbell and Mike Williams were happy after the announcement yesterday. Absent is committee member Russell Stewart.

Attracting people to move to Narrabri Shire, and keeping many of the young ones who leave for further educational opportunities, has just become easier.

Narrabri was yesterday announced as the site of a Country University Centre campus, after a joint bid with Moree was successful.

Locations for the campus haven’t yet been announced, but Narrabri will be the administrative centre for the operation.

The successful bid stems from a public meeting at the Narrabri Shire Council chambers - the site of yesterday’s announcement - last August, attended by about 180 people, which demonstrated Narrabri’s desire for a campus.

The centre would enable anyone undergoing university study to complete many courses in Narrabri. They would be supervised by qualified staff locally.

It will be the fourth such campus statewide, following the initial one at Cooma, Goulburn and the recently-announced Broken Hill facility.

But while there was a huge push for the centre in Narrabri, it is clear that the concept got over the line because of the joint bid with Moree, which gave it the critical mass needed.

State Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries said it was expected

between 200 and 300 students would enrol at the campuses, which it was hoped to get up and running by February/March next year.

“We haven’t got a location yet for Narrabri, that’s the next stage,” he said.

The announcement was welcomed by members of the local steering committee.