Media Releases


May 10, 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $1.3 million in new initiatives at the University of Newcastle Ourimbah campus.

UoN’s Ourimbah campus offers a leading Food Science and Human Nutrition course which works with local industry including high-profile household brands.

"Food science and agribusiness are important industries for the Coast," said the Member for Dobell, Emma McBride. "Labor will invest $600,000 in a laboratory and pilot plant to ensure Ourimbah remains at the forefront of food science into the future," the Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, said.

"I look forward to helping more young people pursue great careers in local food science and agribusiness jobs."

The Member for Dobell said Labor will also commit $700,000 for a pilot of the University’s ‘Beyond School’ enabling program, which will reach hundreds of Central Coast high school students each year.

"This program will give students an early experience of what further study can offer so they can choose the right pathway for them," she said.

Labor will also provide over $500,000 for the development of a national enabling framework.

"This will be undertaken by the National Association of Enabling Educators to put in place the structure needed to empower the sector," Ms McBride said.

Labor is committed to a university sector that works for all Australians and these investments will see people here on the Coast and across the nation benefit from our world class tertiary education system. This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better universities, hospitals and schools, or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals. After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready.