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Yarra teams with ACU
22 June 2015
Yarra City Council and the Australian Catholic University (ACU) have reached an agreement to share knowledge and expertise, help guide urban design for the university, and collaborate on community focused initiatives.
One of the most exciting aims of the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is to ensure high quality capital works for the University’s Fitzroy campus, an outcome that will also benefit surrounding communities.
Yarra Mayor, Cr Phillip Vlahogiannis, said that “We’ll work with the ACU at the conceptual stage of development to collaboratively guide the evolution of the campus so as to preserve and enhance the unique character of our city.”
“We’ll also be looking to work together on programs that can provide cultural and economic benefits to Yarra,” he said. “We are very fortunate to have within our municipality the ‘brain power’ that educational institutions such as ACU can offer. The students and staff of ACU are part of our community and we want to encourage them to lend their skills and knowledge for the benefit of the wider community.”
Under the MoU, Council staff may receive professional development opportunities from the ACU, while key Council officers may serve as guest speakers at the university. University academics may also serve on Council committees where their expertise will enhance community outcomes. “There is mutual benefit to be had for both ACU and Council with the potential for thought leadership to translate to innovative, tangible outcomes,” Cr Vlahogiannis said.
The MoU is a part of Council’s Community Partnerships Framework, which promotes productive working relationships with a range of large businesses and institutions.
The ACU is committed to working collaboratively with local communities across their seven campuses in Australia. Associate Vice Chancellor Dr John Ballard said that “The mutual good will and intent of both parties is integral to ACU’s commitment to work collaboratively with our diverse communities. We look forward to building on our long standing relationship with the City of Yarra and our surrounding community.”
It is intended that other MOUs will be developed over the coming year with key organisations based in the City of Yarra.
Pictured L-R: Yarra Mayor Cr Phillip Vlahogiannis, Yarra CEO Vijaya Vaidyanath, and ACU Associate Vice-Chancellor Dr John Ballard
Photo credit: Drew Echberg
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