Thank you for the opportunity to respond to this inquiry. Throughout its period in office, the Australian Government has consistently expressed its commitment to building strong and prosperous regions with the capacity to secure their own long term economic future. Recognising that education is a major priority, the Government has created new university places for allocation to regional areas and has implemented the Regional Loading measure, which recognises the higher costs faced at regional campuses as a result of factors such as location, size and history. In this submission, I would like to briefly outline an example of successful collaboration in creating pathways to technological innovation, not just between a university and its region, but also with the active support of local, State and Commonwealth Governments. In no way can this be seen as double or even triple dipping. Each level of government brings a unique perspective, expertise (including that of departmental officers) and funding opportunities that are essential for a project of this magnitude. All three tiers of government share a commitment to strong regions and the importance of developing knowledge based industries where a foundation already exists in which they can flourish. Sippy Downs as a ‘knowledge hub ’ for the Sunshine Coas
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