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USC Moreton Bay’s expansion plans

By Ellie Boswell

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) has plans to expand its Moreton Bay campus next year to provide more room for teaching, research, sporting activity and socialising.

USC recently lodged a development application with Moreton Bay Regional Council to construct three new buildings on the site, near the Petrie railway station, during 2022 to open in early 2023.

The buildings will be located opposite the campus’ large foundation building, adding a further 12,500sqm to the existing floor space of 16,000sqm.

The sporting facilities will include a full-sized sports court to be used for basketball, netball and volleyball, and a gymnasium. There will also be laboratories for sport science and nutrition.

The proposed development has been designed by architectural practice KIRK to include teaching and research spaces, administration offices, a carpark and sports facilities. The expected cost has not yet been revealed.

USC Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Helen Bartlett says the expansion of USC Moreton Bay would be an exciting time for the university and the region.

“The campus expansion is another step towards creating a thriving innovation ecosystem at The Mill at Moreton Bay in partnership with the Moreton Bay Regional Council and industry,” Professor Bartlett says.

“These buildings will significantly increase the space available for our teaching and research, as well as provide our students with sporting facilities and more areas for them to study, collaborate and socialise.

“The development will help accommodate the growing student population at USC Moreton Bay, which has exceeded expectations during the campus’ first two years. The strong demand for university education in the region is clearly evident.

“Our main focus is to provide high quality face-to-face, interactive teaching at USC Moreton Bay and this campus expansion will help us enhance our students’ experience of attending university.”

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