Opportunities in education should not be missed
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.