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Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said local students could live at home and work locally while also studying a tertiary qualification at a new Regional University Centre to be established in Albany.

Mr Wilson said the Albany Centre was one of nine new centres being established across regional Australia under the Coalition Government’s $53.2 million Regional University Centres program.

Mr Wilson welcomed the Coalition Government’s commitment to tertiary education in the region and said the centre would boost opportunities for local students to gain skills and qualifications.

“The Regional Development Australia (RDA) Great Southern Western Australia Centre will attract new students in areas of local demand, such as housing, health and aged care services,” Mr Wilson said.

“Regional University Centres provide study spaces, academic support, video conferencing and other support for students studying via distance at partner universities.

“This centre opens up more opportunities for people in our region to study than ever before, without having to leave our local community and their support networks.”

“Our Government made a commitment at the last election to establish more Regional University Centres as part of our plan to better support education in regional Australia,”
Mr Wilson said.

“I believe every Australian, no matter where they live, should be able to attend university.

“Our Government is putting regional and rural students at the centre of our focus.

“Since 2016, we have invested more than $600 million to improve support for regional and remote higher education.”

More information about the Regional University Centres is at https://www.dese.gov.au/regional-university-centres.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.