Fly kites with USQ in Maryborough

CHILDREN will be among the first people to see inside University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser Coast’s new study centre in Maryborough today as they make kites for the Mary Poppins Festival.

USQ Campus Executive Manager Brett Langabeer said that before the newly renovated building opens for business at the start of Semester 2 on July 21, children were being invited to make and fly kites today, Saturday July 5.

Local authors will also display their books as part of the Creative Writing on Country workshop launch tomorrow, Sunday July 6 from 10am to noon.

Mr Langabeer urged members of the public to take advantage of the two events to see inside the newly renovated building and find out about USQ’s course offerings in Maryborough.

Located behind Maryborough Central State School at 38 Sussex Street, the study hub will provide face-to-face support for students enrolled in the university’s Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) and for school students enrolled in introductory Head Start courses where first-year USQ courses can be completed while students are still at school.

Apart from also offering learning support and career counselling advice the centre will open the door to Maryborough residents wanting to take the first steps towards a university level qualification.

Today, children and parents can enjoy the carnival atmosphere at USQHub@Maryborough with snow cones, fairy floss and popcorn available from 10am to 4pm.

Kids can also build their own kites and fly them on the nearby school oval and create their own chalk art masterpieces on the pavement.

Tomorrow (Sunday), anyone can visit between 10am and noon to meet local authors, win books and find out about the local creative writing workshop in October and competition with a prize worth $550.

 Photo: USQ Fraser Coast’s Stephanie Bayley (left) and Emma Molen prepare kite kits for kids to make today (July 5) for the Mary Poppins Festival.


Public gives USQ’s new library tick of approval

UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser Coast’s new $800,000 library is proving popular with students and members of the public.

Librarian Brenda Strachan said that in its first two months of operation, more than 150 Hervey Bay public library members had registered to borrow from the USQ collection.

“If people are members of the public library and have a library card, they can register, free of charge, to borrow the USQ collection (conditions apply),” Ms Strachan said.

“We also have 20 reciprocal borrowers, that is, students who study at other universities. They can also use our collection free of charge.”

The library includes a range of group and individual learning and study spaces for student-centric activities, accessible to USQ students 24/7 through controlled access.

The total 476.7m2 floor space is divided into areas for the lockable collection, two group study booths, a collaborative training room, quiet study room, student services careers pod, Learning, Teaching and Quality (LTQ) desk, bookshop and common learning area.

The state-of-the-art library was officially opened at a ceremony attended by more than 50 people on Friday August 23, 2013.

USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas and Butchulla Elder Auntie Marie Wilkinson cut the ribbon to the applause of USQ Fraser Coast Executive Manager Brett Langabeer, USQ Council members, project managers and staff as well as representatives from GHD Architecture, Win Constructions Queensland and the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

“This event was a great success enjoyed by USQ staff, key community leaders and invited guests,” Mr Langabeer said.


PHOTO: USQ Campus Services Project Managers Simon Pearl (left) and Lou Dos Santos, Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas, Chris Mooney from GHD Pty Ltd, Win Construction Queensland Site Foreman David Moore and USQ Fraser Coast Executive Manager Brett Langabeer.