Staff at Charles Sturt University's Dubbo Campus are working hard to ensure minimal disruption to students starting classes early next month, as the clean-up gets underway following the freak storm that hit the city on Saturday 6 January. The Myall Street TAFE building that has housed the CSU Campus since 1997 was severely damaged in the storm with the roof torn off and offices and classrooms inundated with water.
Head of the Dubbo Campus Dr Peter Hodgson is working with CSU Dubbo staff this week to find alternative premises for the teaching and administrative facilities, in the ready for the start of classes on February 19.
"The damage here has been extensive and we will not be able to return to the TAFE site but we are working very hard to ensure there are minimal disruptions to the student timetable," he said.
"While there has been extensive structural damage, those most severely affected are some of our Dubbo staff who have lost a lot of work that can't be replaced."
Damage to the University's new Campus on near-by Yarrandale Road has been minimal and plans are still underway to relocate all CSU's Dubbo operations there towards the middle of the year.
"The damage is very disappointing for us, but the relocation is temporary and we can at least look forward to the move into our new campus mid-year," Dr Hodgson said.
"For TAFE the problem is more long-term and we thank them for their support without which CSU would not have been able to establish a presence in Dubbo."
Dr Hodgson said staff were also very grateful for the many offers of support received by the Dubbo community in the past few days.
Anyone seeking information about courses on the Dubbo Campus can still get through on the Dubbo Campus general inquiries telephone number (02) 6884 7209.