Southern Cross University has announced plans for a multi-million-dollar campus inside the Cobaki Lakes development.
Southern Cross University has announced plans for a multi-million-dollar campus inside the Cobaki Lakes development. Contributed

Multi-million-dollar Cobaki campus plans revealed

SOUTHERN Cross University (SCU) has announced plans for a multi-million-dollar campus inside the Cobaki Lakes development.

The campus is set to be the jewel of the town centre of the 5000-plus dwelling residential space, on the state border near Piggabeen.

It will have a 9000 student capacity, almost triple the current Gold Coast campus, and has an undisclosed amount of federal funding approved.

Leda Development's Reg van Rij said the developers had been working on plans for the campus with SCU for over a year.

Southern Cross University have announced plans for a campus in Cobaki.
Southern Cross University have announced plans for a campus in Cobaki. Contributed
 

"Cobaki is destined to be an exceptionally desirable community, and that would be to investors, local and interstate, and indeed offshore.

"But none of that market is being targetted yet ... there won't be a block for sale for at least 18 months to two years," he said.

Leda and SCU said the project would be a boon to local employment and "significant to the tertiary sector".

On September 24 university executives will make a final decision on whether the project goes ahead, before a public consultation phase.

Mr van Rij said all environmental and indigenous heritage issues had been settled in 2010.

At the announcement yesterday, Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee said the campus would be integrated into the community.

He said the concept did not yet have the green light, with more work to do, including further planning approvals.

"The Cobaki concept provides a vision for the next 50 years and beyond.

"It supports our mission - to provide education opportunities for people throughout our footprint to transform their lives."

A Tweed Shire Council spokesman said the council had been working with Leda and SCU on the project.

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