Honeysuckle City Campus receives green light

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Newcastle will soon be home to a new university campus after plans were approved last week.

Stage 1A of the Honeysuckle City Campus is set to provide a boost to the local economy, while the completed campus will provide students with state of the art learning facilities.

University of Newcastle’s Head of the School of Creative Industries (SOCI), Professor Paul Egglestone, says the new campus will be home to his expanding school.

“Students will learn from leading academics in communication, media, film and television, events production, sound and music, animation and fine art disciplines within next-generation studios and classrooms,” he says.

“Our new school facilities will allow us to develop and nurture creative talent; preparing our students for an ever-changing world of work in the dynamic and evolutionary creative industries sector.”

The campus will revitalise the city centre, inject $23 million into the local economy and create 785 new jobs.

Co-funded by the NSW Government, the City of Newcastle and the University, the building will house an Integrated Innovation Network Hub to boost digital research and investment.

“This new hub will increase our capacity to provide public access to commercial-grade maker spaces, as well as launchpad, incubator and business acceleration resources for start-ups and scale-ups,” Professor Egglestone says.

“The I2N Hub at Honeysuckle will be open to all communities and ideas.

“By co-locating SOCI and I2N within this state-of-the-art facility, the University is providing local students with continuity of exposure to an ‘innovate and create’ ecosystem; developing working relationships with start-ups and expertise in key growth industries that are relevant to the Hunter economy now and into the future.

“In this building, students and entrepreneurs will collaborate with community, industry and academics to solve some of our region’s most critical challenges.”

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the new building was a part of the Government’s Planning System Acceleration Program that is fast-tracking project assessments to keep people in jobs and the economy moving during COVID-19.

“Not only are we creating new jobs and supporting NSW’s economic recovery as we deal with the pandemic, we are [also] providing new first-class education facilities where they are needed right across the State,” Mr Stokes said.

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