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Saturday, March 1, 2008

What to do with an old university campus?

In today's Courier Mail it was stated that QUT's Carseldine Campus may close, with students and staff being moved to the other main campuses at Gardens Point (on the southern edge of Brisbane's CBD) and at Kelvin Grove (five minutes from the Brisbane CBD). With the 45 hectare campus on Brisbane's northern suburbs going to be vacant soon I thought I would give some of my suggestions.

  • A large scale water park (by world standards, as the largest in Australia at this time is around 15 hectares, and the largest in America is around 30 hectares.) The site is a lot more accessible than the "big two" on the Gold Coast as the North Coast rail line runs along the eastern boundary and Carseldine railway station/bus interchange is a short walk away.
  • A office park (similar to Springwood on Brisbane's southside), transport is not the issue, but a "mini Norwest" (Norwest is a business park in the fast growing northwestern suburbs of Sydney.) could emerge from this.
  • Offer the site to the universities based on the Gold and Sunshine Coast for a Brisbane campus. This option would be more aimed at Bond University (based at Robina on the Gold Coast) rather than Sunshine Coast University (which is based on the Sunshine Coast).
  • And finally, create a new university similar to UWS (University of Western Sydney in Sydney, New South Wales) which would be the Northside's equivalent to Griffith University

These are some of my suggestions, feel free to add your own!

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