JCU boosts Townsville’s economy
James Cook University is bringing forward construction projects worth millions of dollars to boost Townsville’s economy.
JCU has brought forward by several months the construction of its $4m Verandah Walk project on the Townsville campus to create jobs and stimulate the local economy.
The covered walkway will provide all weather, undercover access to many of the university’s key academic buildings.
It will also create a series of “nodal” meeting and seating areas that will allow students to study, collaborate and socialise in a landscaped outdoor setting.
An invitation for Expressions of Interest for the construction project has been advertised and locally-based contractors are strongly encouraged to apply.
James Cook University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Services and Resources, Tricia Brand says JCU is a key part of the Townsville community and its economy, and it wants to do what it can to help the city at a time of need.
“We hope that by bringing forward this project, and hopefully others, we can provide a timely boost for Townsville’s economy.”
JCU is examining other projects that can also be expedited to boost local employment. It’s planning to bring forward several other smaller projects with a combined value of up to $4m.
The university is also planning a number of larger projects with further details to be announced in 2016.
JCU is one of the biggest employers in the region, and already has two large construction projects underway in Townsville: The Science Place ($83M project) and AITHM ($31M project).
Both projects are injecting tens of millions of dollars into Townsville’s economy and, at their peak, provide (directly and indirectly) hundreds of local jobs.
About JCU Townsville
Set in almost 400 hectares of natural bushland by the Ross River and Mount Stuart, the JCU Townsville campus is home to 13,000 students in a safe, friendly environment just 13 km from the beach and downtown area. More than 1,400 students live on campus in colleges and halls of residence, giving the campus a true community atmosphere.
What else is in JCU Townsville? JCU Medical School! The medical program at JCU has a distinctive regional mission with a focus on the needs of rural, remote and underserved communities, tropical medicine and the health of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.
The JCU School of Medicine aims to lead positive change in health and medical care for communities of tropical Australia and beyond through socially accountable health education, discoveries, partnerships and advocacy that make a difference.
JCU Medical School MBBS program
JCU Medical School offers the MBBS medical degree and aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.
Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years