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Campus News : October 2011
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell pictured with Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Judy Raper at the opening of iC Enterprise 1. www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News October 2011 3 said. "The NSW Liberal-National Party Government will stand side by side with this region to overcome this short-term setback. "This (Innovation Campus) is precisely the sort of project a Liberal-National Party government wants to get behind. It is a fantastic campus and a fantastic vision for the University of Wollongong ... a 15-year vision to create 5000 jobs," he said. "It's not surprising that successive state governments would stand beside the University of Wollongong. What you are doing here (at the Innovation Campus) is critical to a region with many strengths." The Premier acknowledged the coincidence that amid news of the cutbacks in manufacturing, 800 people would be working in "knowledge economy" jobs at iC Enterprise 1 -- including 400 new positions. Mr O'Farrell drew an analogy with Star Trek at the opening. Joking with the audience that his son had been most impressed to learn that his father would be coming to Wollongong to open the Enterprise (also the name of the starship in the iconic space television series of the 1960s and '70s), the Premier said: "The fact is universities do seek to discover and explore new worlds -- and that's where our economy has to reach ... to explore them and conquer them for the public benefit." UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton thanked the Premier for his support, and said his visit was the sign of "a Premier and a Government committed to the city and the region, and to the University and the Innovation Campus". iC Enterprise 1 is the fifth building to open on the Innovation Campus, and has been designed so that commercial tenants can develop synergies with each other and close links with the University's research institutes. Welcoming guests to the opening, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Judy Raper pointed out that the week had also seen a ground-breaking ceremony for the $26 million Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the Innovation Campus. "It is said that when one door closes, another one opens. But here at the Innovation Campus it is a case of when one building is completed, another one is about to begin," Professor Raper said NH Premier praises Innovation Campus From Page 1. University of Wollongong Vice- Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton has accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Julia Gillard to play a key advocacy role in helping to create a sustainable manufacturing future for the region. The Prime Minister made the announcement at UOW's Innovation Campus during a visit to the Illawarra in late August, after the region's largest employer BlueScope Steel revealed plans to shed more than 800 jobs and halve production at its Port Kembla Steelworks. Earlier in the day, Ms Gillard visited BlueScope Steel workers, business leaders and union heads in Wollongong before travelling to the Innovation Campus to host a roundtable meeting with regional leaders. The Prime Minister was joined by Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Minister Senator Kim Carr, Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird, Member for Throsby Stephen Jones, NSW Minister for the Illawarra Greg Pearce, Professor Sutton, local business owners, unions and Illawarra community leaders. Ms Gillard invited the Vice-Chancellor to join a Taskforce to help identify future manufacturing directions for the region and also to work as a special advocate for Illawarra, alongside the Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Department head Don Russell. The Taskforce's job will be to inform the Federal Government's working group overseeing the $30 million Illawarra Region Innovation and Investment Fund, a support package for the Illawarra in the wake of the BlueScope cutbacks. The Prime Minister said it was "important that we have people such as the Vice-Chancellor from this great university" involved in determining the region's future. "Thesearetoughtimes. . .butIseea bright future ahead," she said. Professor Sutton stressed that a "whole of government" approach was needed for any effective change to be made, with federal and state bodies working together. The Vice-Chancellor said he hoped the steel industry, despite recent setbacks, PM announces regional role for Sutton could be made stronger but at the same time there was a need to investigate new manufacturing areas such as the production of medical bionic devices through the Innovation Campus. Following the Prime Minister's visit, a ground-breaking ceremony was held at the site of the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, which will form the centrepiece of UOW's Retrofitting for Resilient and Sustainable Buildings (RRSB) program which aims to make buildings more energy-efficient. It has been funded by the Federal Government through its Education Investment Fund and a key focus will be developing new products designed to increase sales for BlueScope Steel in Australia. BG