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Hugh McDermott MP (Prospect); Stephen Bali MP (Blacktown); Chris Minns MP (NSW Labor Leader); ACU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Zlatko Skrbis; Ryan Park MP (Shadow Minister for Health); and Edmond Atalla MP (Mt Druitt). Hugh McDermott MP (Prospect); Stephen Bali MP (Blacktown); Chris Minns MP (NSW Labor Leader); ACU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Zlatko Skrbis; Ryan Park MP (Shadow Minister for Health); and Edmond Atalla MP (Mt Druitt). Featured
09 May 2022 Posted by 

LABOR LEADER VISITS BLACKTOWN

Planning needed to manage record growth
NSW Labor Leader Chris Minns MP visited the Australian Catholic University (ACU) Blacktown Campus with a delegation of shadow ministers and local parliamentarians to see the technology-driven facilities on offer for students and discuss future collaboration of ACU in the local community.
Mr Minns welcomed ACU establishing a new campus in one of the fastest growing population centres in Australia.
 
“ACU’s courses are directly relevant to the needs and aspirations of a growing region, offering the skills people need for the jobs of the future. Nursing, allied health, sports science, social work, teaching and businesses courses help equip the local workforce to meet local employment opportunities,” Mr Minns said.
 
ACU Vice-Chancellor and President (VC) Professor Zlatko Skrbis proudly led a tour of the new nursing facilities as students learn important life-saving skills on realistic mannequins with real world scenarios.
 
ACU VC Professor Zlatko Skrbis and NSW Labor Leader Chris Minns MP hosted a round-table ideas forum with business, community, and educational leaders.
 
Mr Minns MP said: “The clear message from the forum is that Blacktown is not getting its fair share of investment and resources. 
 
"Blacktown City is growing at rate equivalent to Mudgee's total population every year and will pass Tasmania’s population by 2037. The NSW Government must provide the physical and social infrastructure to support another 200,000 expected to arrive in the next 20 years.
 
“Roads, schools, housing, hospitals, sporting and community facilities as well as social services such as mental health, domestic violence, youth services need to match population growth. Blacktown needs a comprehensive plan to support its booming community and to address years of under resourcing,” Mr Minns said.
 
ACU VC Professor Skrbis said: “ACU is working with the community by providing cutting-edge courses and as well as collaboration through student placement, research and supporting services.
 
“Together, we can provide wonderful opportunities for Blacktown City residents to strive to achieve their full potential.”
 


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