A plan to bring a supported distance university centre to Karratha will move to the next stage of planning following a successful feasibility study.
The Centre, modelled on the successful Geraldton Universities Centre would see a partnership with a university to deliver a mixed mode of course delivery.
A Board will be established to continue the planning for the Centre, with Council to be represented throughout the process.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said a university centre could help to increase the number of people undertaking tertiary studies in the Pilbara and enhance the experience of those already enrolled.
“It’s really important to have opportunities for our community to have a high quality educational experiences,” Cr Long said.
“The prospect of a universities centre here in Karratha is very exciting and Council is pleased to be able to offer our support to keep moving forward with these plans,” he said.
“The Geraldton Universities Centre, which the Karratha proposal is based on, has been very successful and gives us hope that we can get this off the ground.”
The feasibility study highlighted health, management and commerce and society and culture course as having the strongest demand across the Pilbara.
Modelling revealed over 120 students could potentially be enrolled across the Pilbara within five years of it being established.
Council will continue to be involved in the project through a community-based committee that will drive the centre’s establishment.
Cr Fiona White-Hartig will be the City’s representative on this committee.