A dedicated space for tertiary students offering high-speed internet, versatile studying rooms, and student support has officially opened in Nuriootpa.
Situated in Beckwith Park in Nuriootpa, the hub is made up of two large, multi-purpose rooms, outfitted with tertiary students' needs in mind.
A number of adjustable partitions means the hub can easily be transformed from a series of quiet, cosy, and secluded study-spaces to an open-plan area suitable for large meetings and conferences.
The Barossa Regional Study Hub features high speed internet access through BEAM, video conferencing, administrative, and pastoral and academic support for regional students studying via distance at the University of South Australia and Flinders University.
On the upper level of Beckwith Park, the hub also has a fully equipped kitchen, complete with a coffee machine - a vital asset to students.
The location is also only a short walk from an entertainment and social scene that will appeal to students.
A $1.4m grant was awarded to Regional Development Australia (RDA) - Barossa, Gawler, Light, Adelaide Plains, to organise, outfit and manage the space.
Campus coordinator Angie Kruger said she is excited to see the facilities utilised by the region's young or mature age students.
"Establishment of Barossa Campus addresses a need we have in the region to enable students undertaking courses at any tertiary institution to study while remaining close to home," Ms Kruger said.
"My role will be to support those using the space and I look forward to welcoming many students to Campus," she said.
RDA Chief Executive Anne Moroney officially opened the facility on Friday July 12.
"It offers a great space to study and attend online lectures at any University, form study groups with locals doing similar courses and to get that bit of extra help from peers and tutors that make it all a little easier to stay on track and be more time efficient in your study," Ms Moroney said.
"We think it is simply a great place to be too."