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Thursday, April 15, 2021

UC Master Plan includes light rail, sports arena

The University of Canberra has outlined plans for a new, more connected campus with the release of the UC Master Plan today, 25 March.

Vice-Chancellor and president Professor Paddy Nixon said the focus is on the growth of students, research and industry partnerships, with the plan proposing a future alignment for light rail on campus and a sports precinct.

“The Master Plan will see UC become better connected to Belconnen and Bruce with a proposed alignment for future light rail service travelling from Civic through the UC Campus and onto the Belconnen precinct as well as better walking and cycling connections,” Professor Nixon said.

The proposed sports hub would see a new arena, multi-court sports centre and the continuation of the university’s high-performance sport and associated research.

There also plans for other interconnected campus hubs, including for health, aged care, early learning, retail and housing, which would deliver on-campus services to the Belconnen and Canberra communities.

“The University of Canberra’s Campus Master Plan embraces the concept of the ‘Educated Life’ — integrating campus with community through a range of neighbourhoods where people live, learn and work,” Professor Nixon said.

“Our Master Plan leverages the energy that comes with being Australia’s fastest rising university, paving a way over the next 20 years for a progressive and sustainable campus in the nation’s capital.”

More to come.

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