Mount Isa the latest regional universities recruit

Published: 10th May 2022

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has welcomed the announcement today by the Federal Government that the Regional University Centre program is to be expanded to Mount Isa.

Mount Isa’s inclusion is the result of consistent advocacy by Queensland councils to have the successful program expanded – and higher education opportunities made available – to more local communities.

LGAQ CEO Alison Smith said the program is a perfect fit for an important regional centre.

“At last year’s LGAQ Annual Conference, over 350 member delegates backed a move to expand the Regional University Centre program and provide students in rural and regional Queensland with greater choice and more access to higher education,” Ms Smith said.

“Existing centres in the Maranoa, Goondiwindi and Balonne local government areas have proved a catalyst to expand the program that started in 2018, and we hope to see further opportunities developed across Queensland.

“Today’s announcement is vital for Mount Isa, as it not only boosts access to education for rural communities, but also improves liveability and addresses major regional skills shortages. 

“Importantly, the funding is budgeted from the existing program, so Mount Isa will get its Regional University Centre irrespective of the Federal Election result.

“The LGAQ will continue to advocate for more local communities to benefit from this program going forward.”

For more information:
Tim Cox, Communications Advisor
0436 655 409