Accommodation boost for CQU
By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CENTRAL Queensland University will build a residential campus in the Gladstone CBD by 2007.
The vacant lot behind the Grand Hotel adjoining Central Lane and Glenlyon Street is the proposed site for the accommodation to house more than 150 university students.
CQU head of campus Bob Prater said the university was in advanced discussions with a developer and was keen for it to be ready for the 2007 student intake.
He said the land was approximately 5500 square metres, and more than 100 units could be developed depending on what plan was used.
Mr Prater said there were several plans for the site, ranging from self-contained single bedroom units to family shared apartments.
He said the accommodation would be made up of "smart buildings'' with information communication technology and broadband installed.
The residential accommodation would be made available for both local and international students, according to Mr Prater.
He said there was a growing trend of university students moving to Gladstone to study and with more international students wanting to study at the Gladstone campus this would be an ideal concept to support them.
He said the units were in keeping with previous plans to incorporate senior high schools and the Australian Technical College.
However, Mr Prater said the units would not be just for students, and could also be used to help with housing shortages for Gladstone's transitional work force.