Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall, left, signed an agreement on behalf of the NSW Government with University of New England Vice Chancellor and CEO Professor Brigid Heywood to support the development of the Moree Special Activation Precinct.
Wednesday, 26 May 2021
INVESTORS in the Moree Special Activation Precinct (SAP) will benefit from a partnership that will help drive economic and environmental impact through innovation, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of New England (UNE) and the NSW Government.
Mr Marshall said the MOU would focus on regional workforces and skills, innovation and entrepreneurship, collaboration for regional economic development and services within rural and remote communities.
“The Moree SAP will be a world-class hub for businesses and help drive innovation and growth in the North West,” Mr Marshall said.
“The precinct will create jobs in value-add agriculture, building on our region’s already strong agricultural economy.
“The five-year partnership will enable investors within the precinct to access and contribute to world-leading UNE research and education and builds on partnerships already announced between the corporation and CSIRO, Charles Sturt University and NSW Circular.
“By formally linking with the Moree Special Activation Precinct, UNE can also begin to develop and offer new courses and research opportunities that will drive social and economic growth of the Moree region.
“UNE has an ongoing history of excelling in research fields that are relevant to the Moree region, like agriculture, ecology and natural resources, and education, so the collaboration is sure to deliver great benefits to the region.”
UNE Vice-Chancellor and CEO Professor Brigid Heywood said the agreement with the government reflected UNE’s commitment to Moree and the wider New England North West region.
“Underpinning this relationship is a commitment to delivering economic and environmental impact for the Moree Special Activation Precinct, and an important part of this is education and research,” Professor Heywood said.
“UNE was founded with the aim of serving regional communities, and expanding our partnerships with key organisations like Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation in the region is key to this mission.
“The value of this relationship to UNE and Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation is significant as it provides an opportunity to deliver impact and to access knowledge, expertise, and infrastructure that may not be available within or deliverable by solely within either UNE or the corporation.”
RGDC is delivering on the NSW Government’s bold commitment to drive economic growth and prosperity in regional NSW through Special Activation Precincts, including Moree, Parkes, Wagga Wagga, Snowy Mountains and Williamtown.
For more information visit www.rgdc.nsw.gov.au