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Brumbies Rugby will move its Administration and Rugby Departments to the University of Canberra as part of a relocation plan announced on Tuesday.
The state-of-the-art facility, to be constructed over the next two years, will set the University of Canberra Brumbies on track to being the best equipped team in the Super Rugby competition. It will also provide significant benefits for the University of Canberra and the broader ACT community.
The relocation and build of the new facility is consistent with ACT Labor’s election policy of ongoing investment in education and health, and underpins the future of the local economy and community.
The cost of the sports-hub will be shared by the Brumbies, the University of Canberra and the ACT Labor Government. ACT Labor has committed $5 million towards the new facility.
Brumbies Rugby Chief Executive Andrew Fagan was pleased the relationship with the University of Canberra had progressed.
“Relocation to the University of Canberra provides a long-term solution for the ACT and Southern NSW Rugby Union, and potentially other ACT-based sporting bodies, for at least the next 30 years,” Fagan said.
“The change of environment will allow us to further our relationship with the University of Canberra as a leading tertiary institution. The relationship provides tangible and direct value to all areas of day-to-day operations for both organisations.
“This will be a unique partnership in sport and a tremendous asset to the ACT in terms of attracting students to the region and for encouraging growth in UC’s sporting and educational communities.”
The exact commencement date of the relocation is not yet known but it is foreseeable that Brumbies Rugby could move to the University of Canberra in temporary accommodation as early as the 2013 season.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker said the announcement further cements the partnership the University has with the Brumbies.
“The University of Canberra has a strong track record in research and teaching in sport and is on course to become an international centre of excellence in this field,” Professor Parker said.
“The creation of this new Sports Hub allows us to further invest in health, sporting and recreational pursuits for the benefit of the ACT community and surrounding region.
“This announcement is great news for the Brumbies, the University of Canberra and the region.”
ACT Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation Andrew Barr said the strengthening link between the University of Canberra and the Brumbies was good for the ACT community.
“It’s great to see the Brumbies working with UC to move to a new home at the University,” Mr Barr said.
“This move will provide the team with a state-of-the-art facility to ensure it continues to be the leading Australian team in Super Rugby, and provide important linkages between the University, elite sport and grassroots sport.
“ACT Labor is delighted to have been working in partnership with the Brumbies and UC to bring about this new facility.”
The key details of the relocation to the University of Canberra include:
• Brumbies Rugby and the University of Canberra have agreed on the terms that will see the Brumbies relocate to the University of Canberra for at least the next 30 years.
• The nature of the relocation will include the design and construction of a training and administration centre on University grounds that will serve as a “sports hub” for the University and ACT and surrounding region. It will also ensure a highly integrated partnership between the University and Brumbies Rugby.
• The relocation and new facility is subject to approval of the development application relating to Brumbies Rugby’s current headquarters at Griffith.
• In addition, the ACT Government will today make an election commitment to provide $5 million in funding to the facility, which is consistent with their broader commitment to education and health. The facility will have educational and research capability for students and researchers across multiple faculties.
Today’s announcement coincided with the news that the University of Canberra will continue its relationship as Naming Rights partner of the Brumbies until at least the end of the 2013 Super Rugby season.
For the University of Canberra Brumbies, this association delivers a number of benefits, ensures that Rugby in the region has a home base keeping with the standard of professional sport in this country, and builds on our younger demographic profile via the University’s significant student base and alumni. With more than 13,300 current students and a University Alumni Network of more than 65,000 graduates, the University of Canberra is the largest it has ever been.