Education hub comes to fruition

It's official: At the launch of the Murray Bridge Learning and Innovation Hub were Ben Fee (Regional Development Board Murraylands and Riverland), Adrian Pederick (Member for Hammond), David Coltman (TAFE chief executive), Tony Pasin (Member for Barker), Rural City of Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis, and chief executive Michael Sedgman. Photo: Sharon Hansen
It's official: At the launch of the Murray Bridge Learning and Innovation Hub were Ben Fee (Regional Development Board Murraylands and Riverland), Adrian Pederick (Member for Hammond), David Coltman (TAFE chief executive), Tony Pasin (Member for Barker), Rural City of Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis, and chief executive Michael Sedgman. Photo: Sharon Hansen

Giving Murraylands residents better access to vocational and tertiary learning opportunities while improving the region's economic development is one of the core attributes of the Murray Bridge Learning and Innovation Hub.

At the official dedication of the learning centre on Monday, March 1, officials and visitors viewed the facilities and learned how it would make a positive contribution to the district.

Hub steering committee member Michael Sedgman, Rural City of Murray Bridge chief executive, said it had taken years for the project to come to fruition.

"For more than a decade Murraylands communities have been advocating for a post secondary school education presence to address the loss of local learners to Adelaide and to improve career prospects and economic development within the region," he said.

"Our vision has been to create an education pathway in region to increase post secondary schooling uptake for higher education.

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick, said the State Government had shown its commitment to building strong regional communities through its investment.

"The Murray Bridge learning campus is a place where people from across the region can come to learn in new innovative learning and in spaces to ensure their higher learning education can happen without having to travel or relocate," Mr Pederick said.

"I understand that CQ University, Charles Darwin University, Flinders University and TafeSA will all offer online and mixed mode courses here.

"This marrying of technology, innovation and people not only improves our region's access to educational opportunities but brings with it a local talent pool for local businesses which will support local business growth and lifestyle opportunities."

Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland chief executive Ben Fee spoke on the growth of the district and how furthering educational opportunities would be beneficial.

"In terms of growth regional product over the last six years the growth in Murray Bridge has outstripped the state by two to three times, increasing its share of GRP by 20 per cent," Mr Fee said.

"As for jobs, Murray Bridge led the way here too, increasing local employment over the six years by around 15pc."


Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin, who closed the event, said investment into the people of the Murraylands would help build a stronger economy and drive jobs for the long term.

"Establishing a university presence in Murray Bridge will ensure more students remain within the region. This expanded opportunity for education-based career development will build a stronger foundation for economic growth and diversification." Mr Pasin said.

"In addition, the establishment of the Murray Bridge Learning & Innovation Hub will see skilled career development staff who are essential to the growth and resilience of the Murrayland employed within our community."

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