University, Clarence council forge link

By EMMA CORNFORD

ecornford@dailyexaminer.com.au

TIES between the Clarence Valley and Southern Cross University will be strengthened, thanks to a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) supported by council yesterday.

Councillors praised the MOU, which has been in development since last year and aims to promote ongoing co-operation between SCU and the Valley.

At the council meeting yesterday, Cr Joy Mathews said to mayor Ian Tiley that the concept should have been embraced years ago.

"I compliment you on this extraordinary idea and ... it's exactly what should have been looked at 20 or 30 years ago," she said.

"It's an excellent opportunity for the people in this Valley and I wish it well."

Cr Richie Williamson also supported the draft MOU, saying it would be great for the Valley.

"I congratulate you and staff working on this for some time and look forward to seeing it come to fruition," he said.

Cr Tiley said the draft MOU would not be a legally binding obligation for SCU or the council, but would provide the opportunity for the two institutions to become closer and allow the Valley to be involved in research.

"The proposal can promote co-operation and advancement of academic and educational input into the social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects of council programs and with council's broader constituency," he said.

"Consideration can be given to shared amenities, co-hosting functions, study and professional development opportunities."



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