Deakin University is working closely with other major players to develop a cohesive plan for the economic future of the City of Warrnambool and the Moyne Shire on Victoria’s south west coast.
Professor Sue Kilpatrick, PVC (Rural and Regional), and Sandra McClelland from Deakin’s Research Partnerships Office both attended a workshop in April entitled “Our Future Economy”.
“Something that really came through for me is the way that so many people in Warrnambool City and the Moyne Shire see Deakin as so vital to their future,” Professor Kilpatrick said.
“There was a huge emphasis on sustainability and of course, Deakin, not just on the Warrnambool campus but right across the University, has a number of leading researchers in this area.
“There is a sense of a real partnership between us and the rest of the community.”
Sandra McClelland said being part of the workshop had been an uplifting experience.
“It was fantastic how this group of people from business got together,” she said.
“What was equally pleasing was that there was a lot of focus on the realities and a lot less on rhetoric.
“Everyone was clearly genuinely interested in the future of the region, and what they could do to ensure it was both a prosperous one and a sustainable one.
“I think there was also a raised awareness of what Deakin can do to help achieve this, especially our researchers at the Geelong Technology Precinct on Deakin’s Waurn Ponds Campus.
“We also have some fantastic researchers on the Warrnambool campus, people like Dr Vincent Versace and Dr Michelle Graymore who are looking at a lot of sustainability related issues.
“Dr Sue Brumby is an expert in the area of health, so we have a wide range of expertise we can bring to the table.”
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