Muresk partners make it official

27 Sep, 2013 02:00 AM
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Wheatbelt Development Commission chief executive officer Wendy Newman (back left), Avon Community Development Foundation chief executive officer Paul Tomlinson, CYOC director of higher education project Christine Storer and Farm Machinery Industry Association executive officer John Henchy pictured with CYOC managing director John Scott (left) and CYOC governing council chairperson Eileen O'Connell
Wheatbelt Development Commission chief executive officer Wendy Newman (back left), Avon Community Development Foundation chief executive officer Paul Tomlinson, CYOC director of higher education project Christine Storer and Farm Machinery Industry Association executive officer John Henchy pictured with CYOC managing director John Scott (left) and CYOC governing council chairperson Eileen O'Connell

ENROLMENTS for Muresk are now open after CY O'Connor Institute (CYOC) and Charles Sturt University (CSU) officially signed the formal agreement on Tuesday.

With the final hurdle of securing transitional funding from the State Government passed last month, the agreement was able to be signed by the two institutions and it means Muresk is open for business.

CYOC managing director John Scott said it was exciting to have taken the final step in securing tertiary agribusiness education at Muresk.

"With the agreement now signed by both parties, enrolments are open and we implemented our marketing plan at the beginning of the week," he said.

Mr Scott acknowledged the support from government for the re-commencement of a degree-level program at Muresk.

"I would also like to thank the members of the Governing Council of CYOC Institute for their vision and perseverance with this complex undertaking, and the members of the Institute's Agribusiness Industry Advisory Committee with whom I have also worked closely in implementing the vision," he said.

Mr Scott said the high level of industry support had been overwhelming and he expected more pledges of support as he continued to engage with industry.

CSU head of school of agricultural and wine sciences John Mawson, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, was very pleased all the hurdles had been passed and they could now focus on next year.

"We understand the challenges that CYOC have had and we recognise their hard work in getting past them," he said.

"We have always been keen to offer a program in WA and support the rejuvenation of the Muresk campus.

"To be able to support CYOC in offering this course is exciting.

"It gives WA students a chance to be involved in a very good course, a need that wasn't previously being met in WA."

Mr Mawson said the level of industry support for the partnership between CSU and CYOC in getting tertiary education back at Muresk was pleasing.

Muresk Old Collegians Association president John Hassell said having the agreement officially signed was a momentous occasion and a huge step in the right direction for Muresk.

He said it was now time for industry to step up to the plate.

"Everyone is worried about where their next crop (of students) is coming from," Mr Hassell said.

"So now we need industry to stump up and look at putting money into scholarships and industry advocacy."

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