Maryborough hub a hit with kids, parents and writers

Malcolm and Bronwyn Hoad (right) of Maryborough talk with Fraser Coast authors Lincoln Bertoli and Linda Downing at the USQ Creative Writing on Country launch.

Malcolm and Bronwyn Hoad (right) chat with authors Lincoln Bertoli and Linda Downing.

Cunningham brothers Bradley, 5, and Hayden, 3, enjoy snow cones at USQ’s Come and See Day in Maryborough.

Cunningham brothers Bradley, 5, and Hayden, 3, enjoy snow cones at the Come and See Day.

KNOWING they now have access to higher education opportunities in their own backyard was a source of excitement for visitors at University of Southern Queensland’s new study hub in Maryborough on July 5 and 6, 2014.

USQ Fraser Coast Executive Manager Brett Langabeer said the University’s Come and See Day on Saturday and Creative Writing on Country launch on Sunday provided local people with first-hand opportunities to see and experience what the new study centre offers.

“Collectively we had almost 100 people visit the newly renovated Maryborough Educational Hub,” Mr Langabeer said.

“It was encouraging  to see the excitement and how engaged the visitors were knowing they can now take their first steps into higher education with the fee-free Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) and Head Start course on their doorstep.”

Mr Langabeer the USQ Come and See Day was a great first event to be held at the new study centre.

Parents used the opportunity to look at the learning space and talk with staff about the programs and support on offer.

“Students who have already enrolled in TPP and Head Start, as well as many who have not yet decided they will study, came to look at the learning space and talk with staff.”

Mr Langabeer said the Creative Writing on Country workshop launch on Sunday during the Mary Poppins Festival generated a lot of interest from literary enthusiasts from throughout the Fraser Coast and Bundaberg regions.

“This inaugural event exemplified what USQ does in terms of generating and developing innovation and creativity.

“I applaud the thinking behind the Blue Sky Thinking team that developed the concept. It really aligns with what we do at USQ in terms of developing new ideas for community engagement.”

 

Feature photo: Malcolm and Bronwyn Hoad of Maryborough talk with Fraser Coast authors Lincoln Bertoli and Linda Downing at the USQ Creative Writing on Country workshop launch on Sunday.

 

 

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