Deputy Premier John Barilaro confirmed today that Armidale was one of four regional centres chosen for Department of Regional NSW offices, which will create approximately 100 jobs in the region.
“This decision presents this region and the New England community with the potential to push forward with the development of our ‘learning region’ focus and secure new industry, research and educational partnerships,” Professor Heywood said.
“The long-term economic benefits which will be supported through the establishment of such a significant government department in Armidale are substantial.
“UNE has a strong track record in partnering to achieve value with State and Federal Government departments and to build opportunities for our region and for our graduates.
“We recognise the amazing success and value of such partnerships and the significant benefits that can be delivered when the triple helix of innovation is wired through collaborations with our colleagues in government.
“UNE celebrates an enduring partnership with the NSW Department of Primary Industries, who have some of their staff based on our Armidale campus; the benefits of a truly reciprocal engagement are seen in internationally recognised research outputs, graduate employment and the ongoing intellectual resilience of each organisation.
“We also place the very highest value on our extensive research partnerships and graduate placements with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).”
“Regional universities play an important role as anchor institutions to the process of stimulating regional economic development. UNE looks forward to working with the NSW Government and the Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall to harness all the opportunities for our graduates, for local industry and the wider innovation prospects across New England North West that the siting of a new regional government office affords.”