Gateway to Training gets $1.6m to boost higher education

Phil O'Shea, Esme Cairns and David Littleproud.
Phil O'Shea, Esme Cairns and David Littleproud.

Hard work, dedication and commitment has paid off for Gateway to Training which has just received a $1.6m grant to build a study hub.

GTT Executive Officer, Esme Cairns and Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud.

GTT Executive Officer, Esme Cairns and Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud.

More importantly it has paid off for regional residents, young or old, who want to go on to higher education. It was impossible to keep the smiles off GTT’s Executive Officer, Esme Cairns’ face.

Not too far behind was Committee President, Phil O’Shea and all those who have been a driving force behind GTT  over the years such as Betsy Turner.

Students in Goondiwindi who travel vast distances to study will be able to use the hub, Member for Maranoa David Littleproud announced yesterday. He flew in to Goondiwindi to pass on the good news before heading off to Brisbane.

Mr Littleproud said the Goondiwindi SILO community organisation will receive $1.6 million for a study hub with high speed digital connectivity,  links to tertiary institutions, video conferencing, mentoring programmes, academic support and pastoral care. Everyone should be able to access higher education, no matter where they live,” he said.

“We’re bridging the divide between city and country by bringing higher education to where our kids are and improving access. By providing more opportunities locally, I hope we can keep our bright young kids in the country. We are investing an additional $7.5 million into Regional Study Hubs across Australia.

“These new hubs will make it easier for rural and regional students to take up study without having to completely shift their lives to other cities.” Goondiwindi State High School Principal Brett Hallett said the hub would be great news for school leavers who couldn’t afford to move away to study.

More funding for Regional Study Hubs was part of the Coalition Government’s additional $134.8m commitment to regional and rural higher education, bringing the total additional new funding for regional higher education to $400m over five years.

Jessica Cairns, Brett Hallett, Phil O'Shea,  Esme Cairns, David Littleproud, Betsy Turner and Carl Manton.

Jessica Cairns, Brett Hallett, Phil O'Shea, Esme Cairns, David Littleproud, Betsy Turner and Carl Manton.