Joint Media Release with Minister For Education The Hon Dan Tehan MP and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said the Coalition Government’s funding of two Regional Study Hubs in Arnhem Land was a major win for local students and Arnhem Land communities.
The Coalition Government is providing an additional $7.5 million for its Regional Study Hubs initiative.
Senator Scullion said the Coalition Government was providing $2.9 million to support the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation to establish a community-owned Regional Study Hub in Nhulunbuy.
“The Regional Study Hub in Nhulunbuy will provide study spaces, internet access, video conferencing, administrative, pastoral and academic support for regional students studying via distance at partner universities,” Senator Scullion said.
“As part of this study hub, ALPA will create satellite hubs in Ramingining, Milingimbi (Yurrwi) and Galiwin’ku and will offer the same level of support as the central hub in Nhulunbuy,” Senator Scullion said.
Ms Price said Wuyagiba Study Hub Aboriginal Corporation will receive funding of $2.5 million to establish a study hub in Wuyagiba in South East Arnhem Land.
“These two Regional Study Hubs in Arnhem Land 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, including remote Territorians.
“By providing more higher education and training opportunities locally we can retain skills and experience that will boost the NT economy and keep Arnhem Land communities vibrant.”
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Coalition 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.