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End of an era: Remembering Village Way

Tuesday 25 Sep 2018

Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga has announced it will demolish aging student accommodation cottages located along Village Way at the end of the year.

CSU Division of Facilities Management (DFM) Executive Director Stephen Butt said the 18 cottages located along Village Way were built over 50 years ago and had reached the end of their useful life.

“The campus has several assets built in the early 1950’s and 1960’s. Similar to Doman building which was demolished recently, the cottages have reached their end of their useful life and to mitigate risk and maintenance costs to the University, they need to be demolished,” Mr Butt said.

DFM Project Manager Ms Emma McCormick said, “A new refurbished landscape precinct for staff and students will be implemented along Village Way with wider plans for other residential accommodation revitalisation.”

DFM has joined Residence Life to acknowledge that the cottages aren’t simply old structures but ones that hold special memories for past and present staff and students. People who have stories and photos of life on Village Way are encouraged to share them with the University.

CSU is calling for people’s memories of living in the colourful cottages of Village Way including:

  • photos and memories from any teachers who lived there with their families, starting from around 1950
  • photos and memories from any students who moved in from around the 1970’s as the cottages expanded
  • photos of the unique sunsets over Pine Gully Rd residents have watched and enjoyed over the years.

“Preservation of the history of this asset is significant to the future of Charles Sturt University,” Mr Butt said.

People who want to share their photos and stores are asked to upload them to the Remembering Village Way site where they will be published in a commemorative book to preserve the history of Village Way.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439 068 752

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU students hold live music fundraiser in Port Macquarie

Tuesday 25 Sep 2018

Students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie have teamed up with Yesterday’s Jam to raise funds for their graduating exhibition that will be held in early December.

The final year students of the Bachelor of Creative Industries (Design and Visual Arts) and the local venue Yesterday’s Jam (formerly the Latin Loafer) will be hosting a night of live music featuring Genes on 26 September starting at 6.30pm. The local band, made up of two brothers, have been featured on Triple J Unearthed.

For $10, people will get a night of great music all the while supporting students who will use the funds to cover the set-up costs and promotion of the exhibition.

CSU lecturer in graphic design Willhemina Wahlin said the graduating exhibition was an important bridge for students between their university and professional lives.

“I’m really excited about this year’s exhibition because the students will have such a broad range of works, from skate decks to textile designs,” she explained. “It showcases the diversity of the work being produced and gives the students an opportunity to talk about their individual journeys with the public and industry.”

Funds raised on the night will help students pay for printing and other opening night costs, most of which they raise themselves. “We are excited to team up with Yesterday’s Jam, not only because it is a great local venue, but it also reflects the connection and collaborations that happen in the growing Port Macquarie arts and creative community,” Ms Wahlin said.

CSU student Bek Dennis said the live music event and the graduating exhibition were an important way to connect to the community and the industry.

“We’re really looking forward to exhibiting our work because it lets us celebrate what we have done with people in the industry as well as family and friends,” Ms Dennis said, adding these connections will open doors in the future.

When asked about her future plans, Ms Dennis said she had already started building her branding portfolio as she had begun working with clients and also had ambition to create a magazine aimed at young people to share creativity.

All tickets purchased will go in the draw for a double-pass to the 2018 Wildwood Festival.

Yesterday’s Jam is at 74 Clarence St Port Macquarie.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439 068 752

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU hosts two-day equestrian clinic with Olympian Heath Ryan

Monday 24 Sep 2018

Olympian and equestrian coach Mr Heath Ryan helped train and inspire Australia’s next Olympic hopefuls at a recent two-day clinic held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga.

Held at the new equestrian centre and organised by the Equestrian Students Association, the clinic was attended by CSU students and local riders. CSU Animal and Veterinary Science student and ESA president Ms Belinda Flynn said the club was excited to bring someone of Mr Ryan’s reputation and standard to Wagga Wagga.

“Within 10 minutes of posting the clinic on Facebook, 77 people had signed up for one of the 25 places on offer,” Ms Flynn said, adding that the number grew to 380 expressions of interest.

The clinic Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September attracted dressage and eventing competitors who were working their way to elite level, with some competing in Australia’s only four-star three-day event and FEI international dressage competitions.

Mr Ryan said he was very interested in seeing the CSU equestrian facilities and riders from the Riverina because of the enormous potential of the bush and its recent competition resurgence.

“I’m very interested to have a look and encourage them and let them know it’s not hopeless kicking away at this sport, in fact I believe it [being in rural Australia] is about to become a significant contributor to Australia winning gold,” Mr Ryan said.

He noted that Wagga Wagga had produced its fair-share of gold medal winning riders and horses in the past.

Mr Ryan described the CSU Equestrian Centre as international standard, saying he was “seriously impressed” with its facilities and that he was keen bring attention to it.

“It’s a wonderful launching facility in terms of riders and horses who want to compete internationally,” Mr Ryan said when talking about the high standard of the stables, show jumping and dressage arenas.

When asked about the clinic, CSU Senior Lecturer in Equine Studies Dr Petra Buckley said, “I believe it is super exciting for students and staff, and super important to have such well-respected, high profile industry people involved in sharing their expertise”.

She noted it was a good way to strengthen the bond between science and industry, and that it made CSU an ‘in touch’ kind of a place to study.

Photo: Heath Ryan and CSU Senior Technical Officer Marion Kater on day one of clinic.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439 068 752

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CSU in Dubbo to foster a new Startup business centre

Tuesday 18 Sep 2018

* CSU partners with The Exchange to create exciting new co-working space in Dubbo

* Keen interest from local startups to work at new centre

* More business networking and training events to boost startups’ success and jobs growth

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo is set to become a Startup centre for aspiring businesses in the region.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis has announced the University is partnering with The Exchange Dubbo Pty Ltd (The Exchange) to build a community for new and growing business owners within Dubbo and the wider region.

“Charles Sturt University and The Exchange confirm their intention to pilot this co-working space so new businesses can to co-work and thrive,” Ms Maginnis said.

“We have already had a pleasingly fast response from startups keen to work here.

“The community will use allocated space at the University in Dubbo free-of-charge, and The Exchange will coordinate with the existing service providers in Dubbo to ensure regular events will be hosted at the campus to bring this community and others together.

“Members who join the community will have the opportunity to focus and collaborate; have pride of place; be inspired by ideas and education; feel safe starting companies; and be surrounded by peers and mentors.”

Agrifutures Rural Woman of the Year Ms Jillian Kilby launched The Exchange with seed funding from her company The Infrastructure Collaborative. It is part of her commitment to “help people who have been sitting on that idea for too long or slowly chipping away from home and want to take their venture to the next level.

“The Exchange is where space to think meets room to grow. Where co-working meets community. Where ideas meet their make,” Ms Kilby said.

Throughout the pilot, the University will support The Exchange’s goal to ensure no future founder, business owner, or remote worker, stalls at the boundaries of their confidence, capacity and capability.

The CSU innovation agenda supports the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem across its footprint, encourages interaction between small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the University, and encourages jobs growth in the region.

CSU already provides tailored programs and technical support for growth, as well as business networking and training events at a number of the University’s campus locations around NSW. The University’s mission is to build skills and knowledge in its regions.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis and Campus Development Manager Mr Bart Sykes.

Photo top: CSU welcomes new startup businesses to the co-working space at CSU in Dubbo today; (left to right) Ms Amanda McKay, Ms Kate Connor, Ms Kerrie Phipps, CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann, Head of Campus Ms Cathy Maginnis, Ms Kerrie Murphy, and campus development manager Mr Bart Sykes.

Photo below: CSU in Dubbo interior which will support the startups co-working centre.

Waiting for speech pathology: CSU research

Friday 14 Sep 2018

Are you concerned with the time it takes for your child to get speech pathology services in the Goulburn Valley?

Charles Sturt University (CSU) doctoral student, Mrs Nicole McGill, is seeking your help in exploring how to best support children and families who are waiting for speech therapy.

“Children in the Goulburn Valley often wait up to 12 months to see a speech pathologist in the public system, and they can miss out on the benefits of early detection and intervention for speech and language difficulties,” said Mrs McGill, who also lives and works in the region as a speech pathologist.

In her research study, Mrs McGill is investigating the effectiveness of offering speech pathology assessments earlier for children aged between three and six years, rather than waiting up to 12 months for an assessment by a speech pathologist.

“As part of the study, we offer an assessment, a report, and a 6-month follow up assessment for eligible children while they are on the waiting list for speech therapy.  This means families can find out how well their child’s speech sounds and language skills are developing, far sooner than they usually would at the community health centre.

“We acknowledge that people on waiting lists for health care, including speech pathology, can experience feelings of stress, uncertainty and powerlessness. We want to know what the experience is like for families and how we can best support children and families while they wait for speech therapy.”

“We are looking for children aged between three and six years whose parents are concerned about their speech or language development. This may include children who are hard to understand and have difficulty producing clear speech sounds, or children who have trouble putting sentences together and following instructions.”

Mrs McGill noted, however, that there are some children who are not eligible to participate in her study.

“Children with complex communication and developmental needs or diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder or a diagnosed hearing loss are not eligible to participate in the research,” she said.

“And children must live within the Goulburn Valley Health catchment area, which includes Shepparton, Tatura, Numurkah, Euroa, Murchison, and Nathalia.”

To take part in the study, please call Ms Catherine Teskera at Community Health Speech Pathology, Goulburn Valley Health, on 1800 222 582 to make a referral. Enquiries can also be directed to Mrs Nicole McGill via email nmcgill@csu.edu.au. Recruitment for this study closes on 30 September.

The assessments as part of this study are completed at the community health centre in Shepparton.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mrs Nicole McGill, who is based in Shepparton, Victoria.

Read a past story on the project here.

Photo of Nicole McGill by Kellie Crosier Photography.

First residential in Port Macquarie for policing students

Thursday 13 Sep 2018

  • * NSW Police recruits undertaking the online offering in the NSW policing degree can now complete their compulsory residential sessions in Port Macquarie.
  • * First residential to be held at CSU in Port Macquarie on Friday 14 September.
  • * NSW Police Force now coming to the candidates to attract more country recruits.

Policing students undertaking the Associate Degree in Policing Practice offered online by Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the NSW Police are getting the opportunity to undertake their compulsory residential sessions on the NSW Mid North Coast.

Students in the online option of the Associate Degree will start their first residential school at CSU in Port Macquarie on Friday 14 September.

While the first session of the course is offered full time at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn, NSW, students seeking to enter the NSW Police Force can choose to study Session One online while they continue work in the community. Those studying online must also attend residential ‘phases’ to complete the course requirements for the first session.

Commander of the NSW Police Academy, Chief Superintendent Rod Smith, said until now the residential phases were all conducted at the Police Academy.

“We have created more opportunities for people to join the NSW Police Force and have developed a program that will allow the residential phases to be conducted remotely,” said Chief Superintendent Smith.

A total of 35 students have enrolled in the online course to start their journey to become a NSW Police Officer, the largest online group since 2014. After completing the first session, the students will study full time at the Goulburn academy for 16 weeks.

“It is encouraging to see people from the Coast take up the offer and commence their study to become a police officer,” Chief Superintendent Smith said.

“The offering of residential phases at Port Macquarie minimises the time spent away from home, allowing them to continue to work while completing the first part of the course.”

Executive Dean of the CSU Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, Professor Tracey Green, said the University worked closely with NSW Police Force on this initiative.

“Charles Sturt University is delighted to facilitate this ADPP offering at our campus at Port Macquarie.

“We wholeheartedly support the initiative of NSW Police to make a policing career more accessible to people living in regional NSW,” Professor Green said.

The NSW Police Recruitment Branch are also taking the entry assessments to the country. Testing has been conducted at Kempsey, Bathurst and Dubbo to date, with more sites scheduled throughout the remainder of the year. Applicants receive physical capacity and psychometric testing as well as face-to-face interviews.

“In the past, applicants were required to travel to Sydney to take part in these tests. In an attempt to attract more country recruits and streamline the process, we are now coming to the candidates,” Chief Superintendent Smith said.

The NSW Police Academy currently has 730 policing students studying full time on the Associate Degree of Policing Practice at Goulburn, with a further 55 studying for the Associate Degree online.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU Executive Dean, Professor Tracey Green.

Sprightly SPRUNG Festival set to sizzle at CSU in Bathurst

Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

* Multiple productions and performances during the last two weeks of September

* Opening Ceremony from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday 19 September is an evening of free entertainment starting with free barbeque, then a twenty-minute outdoor performance with fire twirling, large-scale puppets, dancing, and percussion

* Festival to showcase five original productions

The annual 2018 SPRUNG Festival of Creativity will leap to life at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst from Wednesday 19 to Saturday 29 September.

The SPRUNG Festival is the work of theatre media students in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in Bathurst and Cycle Productions. It involves dozens of students from all years and multiple productions and performances during the last two weeks of September.

This year’s festival showcases the creative performance works of third-year theatre media students and will include five original shows each with a running time of 40 to 50 minutes.

The Opening Ceremony on the Wednesday 19 September is a free evening of entertainment appropriate for the whole family, as part of the CSU Future Moves Community Fun Night.

The event runs from 6pm to 8pm and starts with a free barbeque. It will feature a twenty-minute outdoor performance with fire twirling, large-scale puppets, dancing, and percussion, followed by live music and the festival bar.

This is the third SPRUNG festival for final-year theatre media student Ms Sienna Dillon who is the 2018 festival coordinator and spokesperson.

“It is so rewarding seeing all years of theatre media working towards the same goal,” Ms Dillon said.

“Taking on the festival coordination for my final university role has been a tricky but rewarding experience. This year, we invite the Bathurst community to enter Festival though the elegant outdoor area of the Ponton Theatre courtyard.

“Here they will be immersed in the exotic wonderland themed garden, where they will enjoy live music acts, the inexpensive bar between the shows, with the featured performing artist Bathurst’s own Ms Gabbi Bolt (pictured left).”

The festival program includes:

* Rumble (a scene pictured above) − An immersive, chose-your-own adventure theatre experience into the Amazon, featuring an interactive app

* Schapelle, Schapelle − The musical, Corby’s adventure from ‘Brissie to Bali’

* In Between − A drama, where in the world of subconscious grief takes shape

* I Will Be King − A scripted psychological thriller interwoven with dance

* Sexpectatations − A verbatim and documentary-style theatre production exploring masculinity and femininity.

In addition to the festival’s evening performances, the organisers are offering a special ticket price of $5 to encourage CSU staff to attend weekday matinee performances of two of the productions:

* In Between, at 11am Wednesday 19 September

* Rumble, 11am Wednesday 26 September

Tickets for the 2018 SPRUNG Festival are $15 for adults and $10 for students, and can be booked online here: https://www.sprungfestival.com/buy-tickets

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU reopens Riverina Playhouse

Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

  • CSU Riverina Playhouse re-opens Saturday 15 September after more than $3.5 million in improvements
  • Media are invited to tour the refurbished venue at 11am Friday 14 September
  • Improvements include seating, air-conditioning and improved facilities for theatre performance and presentation

A new act opens on the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Riverina Playhouse with its reopening on 15 September after building work completed to ensure its long-term future as a teaching and performance space.

CSU Division of Facilities Management (DFM) Executive Director Stephen Butt said prior to undertaking the work the University completed a significant review of the Playhouse where it identified over $3.5 million in improvements that were needed for the venue to continue for another 20 years.

“Charles Sturt University undertook a comprehensive review of the building by working closely with the community.

As a result of the review it became clear the Riverina Playhouse was a vital part of the Wagga Wagga creative community and a vital teaching resource for the University,” Mr Butt said.

CSU Riverina Playhouse Manager John Jones said the venue had a history and connection with the Wagga Wagga community as well as students.

“The Riverina Playhouse was opened in 1986 and for many locals it has become a venue that supports the Wagga Wagga performance community.

The refurbished building will strengthen its role in servicing the needs of the community, provide Charles Sturt University acting and design students with an industry quality teaching resource and it will be a home for the University Theatre Ensemble,” Mr Jones said.

Mr Jones said the completed works vastly improved the comfort of the venue with new seating and air conditioning, but most importantly too it enhanced the University’s performance and presentation ability.

“The improvements to the Riverina Playhouse will make it a more attractive venue for performances by CSU students and the Wagga Wagga community as well as ensure it meets compliance and licencing requirements,” Mr Jones said.

Media are invited to tour the refurbished venue at 11am Friday 14 September ahead of its opening on Saturday 15 September at 6.30pm.

Following its re-opening the CSU Riverina Playhouse is looking forward to a packed three months as the University Theatre Ensemble will stage three productions over six weeks. This will be followed by “In the Spotlight” a production throughout November to raise funds for the Specialist Medical Resources Foundation, Darren Coggan returns with another show that has almost sold out, American Ragtime pianist Adam Swanson, and LIOR in early December.

Working around the University Theatre Ensemble and CSU teaching program the Riverina Playhouse has interest for local and touring performances over 2019 and as far out as 2020.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439 068 752

Media Note:
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New AgriTech innovators to pitch their initiatives in Wagga Wagga

Friday 7 Sep 2018

* New entrepreneurs will present their initiatives at a ‘Pitch Evening’ at CSU AgriTech Incubator on Monday 10 September in Wagga Wagga

* Media opportunity at 10am with founder of Outback Wings which will provide animal health care and 24-hour emergency vet services across a 7.69 million square-kilometre area

* Guest speaker at the ‘Pitch Night’ is an internationally recognized food systems innovation expert and CEO of AgThentic, a global food and agriculture strategy firm

Six more emerging entrepreneurs from across the Riverina will present their initiatives at a ‘Pitch Evening’ at the Charles Sturt University (CSU) AgriTech Incubator on Monday 10 September in Wagga Wagga.

Earlier that day a media opportunity at 10am at the AgriTech Incubator, building 6, CSU Wagga Wagga (car park 11) is available to meet AgriTech Incubator participant and founder of Outback Wings, Ms Mackenzie Bond, a first-year CSU student studying a Bachelor of Animal Science.

AgriTech Incubator project officer Ms Siobhain Howard said, “The emerging entrepreneurs have been developing their business ideas at the third CSU AgriTech Incubator program.

“The AgriTech Incubator aims to spark innovation and economic development in the Riverina region by supporting the development of start-up companies and facilitating innovation within small-to-medium-sized enterprises by providing access to University expertise and facilities.

“While the AgriTech Incubator specifically encourages start-ups seeking to leverage new technologies from ‘farm to fork’, it is open to participation by any ‘tech-enabled’ regional start-up.

“The current cohort of start-up founders have been refining their business concept in a supportive and collaborative environment at the University in Wagga Wagga.

“Participants have been working on a number of diverse ideas, ranging from food labelling to a disruptive insurance platform and veterinary services for the outback.

“The Incubator Program concludes with a ‘Pitch Evening’ on 10 September, with participants having five minutes to pitch their business idea to the audience.”

The guest speaker at the ‘Pitch Night’ is Ms Sarah Nolet, an internationally recognized food systems innovation expert and the CEO of AgThentic, a global food and agriculture strategy firm. Ms Nolet has been instrumental in building the early stage agtech ecosystem in Australia. She has advised dozens of start-ups, designed accelerator programs, and consulted to established agribusinesses, as well as helping industry, universities, and government to develop and implement forward-looking initiatives in food system innovation.

Agritech Incubator participant Ms Mackenzie Bond (pictured left), a first year CSU student studying a bachelor of Animal Science, is the founder of Outback Wings. Outback Wings will aim to provide animal health care and reliable 24-hour emergency vet services across a 7.69 million square-kilometre area and is inspired by the Royal Flying Doctors Service of Australia. The services will aid sustainable crop and stock feed production, as well as growth in commercial livestock enterprises. Outback Wings is dedicated to improving animal health and biosecurity in rural and remote regions of Australia.

More information can be found at: http://innovate.csu.edu.au/incubators/agritech

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

The CSU AgriTech Incubator was enabled by the generous financial support of the New South Wales Government through the Department of Industry’s, Boosting Business Innovation Program with co-investment by the University.

The AgriTech Incubator is just one of CSU’s initiatives supporting entrepreneurship in regional New South Wales, along with the CenWest Innovate in Bathurst and the Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop-Up Innovation Hub in Albury-Wodonga.

Two free business workshops in Bathurst

Thursday 6 Sep 2018

* Free masterclasses designed for people looking for a career in business

* Will help create resumes and job applications for business professions

* Held on successive evenings in mid-September at CSU in Bathurst

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst is offering two free workshops for aspiring business people in the central west on the evenings of Thursday 13 and Friday 14 September.

The ‘Business Career’ workshops focus on how to create a professional resume, and how to write a job application that gets an applicant shortlisted for a job.

The workshop masterclasses will be delivered by CSU’s Career Development Service led by Ms Cecilia Hunt, and are for people interested in a career in business and who are wanting support in the application process.

“The workshops are part of the University’s commitment to support the community,” Ms Hunt said.

“We aim to engage with people who really want a career in business but might be at the early stages of that journey, and also those who are looking to apply for a promotion or transition into the business sector.

“If participants are interested in further related study and feel they would benefit from supported learning and the co-curricular and industry connection approach, they might also be interested in the new degree, the Bachelor of Business (Industry Professional Practice).”

Anyone interested to attend either or both of the free workshops needs to register on the Eventbrite site as places are limited: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-career-workshops-tickets-49675667258

Choose to attend one or both workshops across two evenings:

Workshop 1: Create a professional resume, from 5.30pm to 7pm on Thursday 13 September Register for this free masterclass to learn how to write a professional resume for your career in business.


Workshop 2: Write a job application that gets shortlisted, from 5.30pm to 7pm on Friday 14 September 5.30pm to 7pm

Book now to learn insider tips for creating a strong job application to get shortlisted for an interview in your business career.

Email CSU's Career Development Service for more information about how the University supports students.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

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