A new Regional Study Hub to help students connect

Barker MP Tony Pasin celebrating in Mt Barker, another recipient of the grant funding aimed to bridge the regional divide.
Barker MP Tony Pasin celebrating in Mt Barker, another recipient of the grant funding aimed to bridge the regional divide.

Federal funding for a new Regional Study Hub has been secured and will aim to help Barossa students connect to higher leaning. 

For many prospective students, study can mean hours of travel as sacrifice. However, a grant for a new $1.4m Regional Study Hub will attempt to alleviate this burden. 

Barker MP Tony Pasin said the money was granted to Regional Development Australia Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plaines for a community-owned Regional Study Hub in Nuriootpa.

“The Regional Study Hub will provide study spaces, internet access, video conferencing, administrative, pastoral and academic support for regional students studying via distance at partner universities,” Mr Pasin said.

“This hub will mean local students can take up higher education and training opportunities without having to relocate to the city or travel long distances from home.

“There should be equality of opportunity to access higher education for every Australian, no matter where they live.

“By providing more higher education and training opportunities locally we can retain skills and experience that will boost our local economy and keep our community vibrant.”

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Morrison Government was providing $24.2 million over four years to help establish or expand 16 Regional Study Hubs covering 22 locations throughout Australia.

“More funding for Regional Study Hubs was part of the Morrison Government’s additional $134.8 million commitment to regional and rural higher education, bringing the total additional new funding for regional higher education to $400 million over five years,” Mr Tehan said.