Op­por­tu­ni­ties in ed­u­ca­tion should not be missed

South Western Times - - Point Of View -

BUN­BURY has much to gain by mak­ing any changes that could help it evolve into a “cam­pus city”. Stu­dents in­hab­it­ing the CBD would pro­vide a much-needed boost for the area and cre­ate a vi­brant city cen­tre with many flow-on ben­e­fits. The city has much of the in­fra­struc­ture al­ready in place to make a start and mi­nor im­prove­ments to pub­lic trans­port and the cre­ation of af­ford­able hous­ing close to the city cen­tre would help to make the city an at­trac­tive place to study for do­mes­tic and over­seas stu­dents. The at­trac­tion of ad­di­tional stu­dents would also en­cour­age im­prove­ments in fa­cil­i­ties and cour­ses at Edith Cowan Uni­ver­sity, which would fur­ther en­hance the re­gion’s sta­tus as an at­trac­tive place to study. While sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment is needed, it is surely worth­while for the Bun­bury City Coun­cil, the com­mu­nity and busi­nesses to play a part in mak­ing the city at­trac­tive to po­ten­tial stu­dents. A fo­cus on in­ner city liv­ing through Bun­bury’s new town plan­ning scheme will help with the con­cept and an ar­ray of new small bars and cafes will no doubt go a long way in at­tract­ing younger peo­ple. It is ob­vi­ous all stake­hold­ers would need to do their bit, how­ever in re­turn the city could reap the ben­e­fits of a boost in both in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic stu­dents. In ad­di­tion, at­tract­ing peo­ple to Bun­bury and the South West would en­cour­age those stu­dents to con­tinue to live and work in the re­gion post-grad­u­a­tion.

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