Title

Significant Commonwealth Capital Grants for The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 2-9-2006

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place

Fremantle

Abstract

The University of Notre Dame Australia has been successful in its application to the Commonwealth Government for capital funding in 2006 from two special purpose Commonwealth programs. The first is in the area of research infrastructure.

The University has received a grant of $2.675 million towards a project costing $4.0 million which will see the construction of a Centre for Research in Health and Education on Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus.

The facility will support research, research training and teaching in the areas Education, Nursing, Health Sciences and Medicine.

Notre Dame’s Vice Chancellor, Dr Peter Tannock said “This is a most exciting development for Notre Dame. It will do much to advance our research and quality in these vital areas. It is the largest capital grant the University has received.”

The Centre will be overseen by a Board comprising experts from the University’s Schools of Education, Health Sciences, Nursing and Medicine. The Board will be chaired by Professor John Bloomfield, an international expert in the health sciences area.

It will be linked electronically to the University’s Broome Campus which is a base for Kimberley Aboriginal community research. It will also be linked to Notre Dame’s Campus in Broadway, Sydney, which opens this month.

The University is proposing to construct a four level building on lot 57 Henry Street, Fremantle to house its new Health and Education Research Centre.

The Commonwealth also included Notre Dame in its $49 million capital development program for universities announced in December 2005. Notre Dame will receive $1 million towards the development of a major teaching block in a beautiful old building in Mouat Street, Fremantle. This new teaching facility, which will cost a total of $2.0 million, will support teaching in the areas of nursing, education and medicine.

These two capital grants will help ensure that Notre Dame continues to build on its special place in higher education in Western Australia.