Campus facelift enhances community kudos
by Vincent Ciccarello
UniSA’s Whyalla campus is attracting locals for many reasons - and they’re not all educational.
The face of UniSA’s Whyalla campus has changed. Water-wise landscaping complements the dramatic new entrance to the main building. Courtyards linking the buildings have been decked out with comfortable and attractive outdoor furniture. The library and teaching rooms have been refurbished and computer pools have state-of-the-art technology with wireless access available campus-wide.
The well-equipped gymnasium is getting a good workout from staff and students and the new Aroma Café has become the place for locals, students and staff to meet and enjoy a good cup of coffee.
Dean of the Whyalla campus and Director of the Centre for Regional Engagement, Professor Len Pullin said the upgrades are part of a $2.8 million capital works program which is nearing completion.
"This infrastructure investment reflects the University’s commitment to the economic and educational growth of the region" Prof Pullin said.
"The improvements are not only making it more enjoyable to work and study at the campus - they have significantly boosted the University’s standing and presence in the community."
"It is pleasing to see how quickly and enthusiastically students, staff and the broader community have embraced these improvements.
"The campus infrastructure upgrades come at an opportune time as they coincide with Whyalla being central to a booming economy associated with mining exploration and development in the region."
In addition to accommodating the new Centre for Rural Health and Community Development and the co-location of the Australian Technical College, the remodelled facilities include a Hall of Indigenous Art showcasing local Indigenous paintings and artefacts.
Prof Pullin said the significant campus improvements, coupled with increased teaching, research and cultural activity, are generating even greater research and teaching opportunities.
"There is so much activity on the campus and in the region at the moment, it is a bit like being in the middle of a bustling metropolis."