Satellite uni campus on the cards for Northern Beaches

April 27, 2018 by  

Land surrounding the new Northern Beaches Hospital is among five potential peninsula sites shortlisted for the establishment of a satellite university campus.

The site is located at Frenchs Forest, near Brookvale, and surrounds the soon-to-be-complete hospital sector.

Northern Beaches Council decided recently to invite universities that wanted to expand into the area to submit expressions of interest.

A feasibility study focusing on the impact such an innovation would have on beaches is also to be undertaken before being presented to officials, perhaps with the aid of printing services.

Mayor Michael Regan said a university campus based locally would provide significant social and economic benefits. He said a proposed option to explore its placement close to the Northern Beach Hospital had been met with keenness by the Planning Department, explaining:

“With the new Frenchs Forest hospital coming on line soon, such a campus could potentially support medical sciences, nursing and medicine, among other disciplines.

“However, this may be several years away and in the meantime it may be feasible to create a satellite campus of an existing university.”

The move, according to Cr Regan, would effectively increase the tertiary education opportunities and offerings for local students.

Apart from Brookvale ICMS and TAFE, students are currently required to travel away from this region to access tertiary educational facilities, it was stated in a Council report prepared especially for the council meeting.