|Resolving the accommodation issues around our Sydney study centre and placing UNE at the heart of Parramatta as the city expands is another challenge. Being clear about how we differentiate what we do from other providers and making sure that we leverage the distinctive capabilities of UNE to best effect is not a trivial exercise. The impact of COVID on our international student recruitment has been most keenly felt in Sydney and demands that UNE designs forward with resilience and sustainability at the forefront of decision making whilst honouring and protecting the commitments we have made.
Some will have noticed that power supplies at UNE Armidale were a bit unstable this week; let me reassure you that we have paid the electricity bill! The Solar Farm is close to operational completion and the testing process is progressing to ensure that we take best advantage from this development as it comes online.
I visited another solar farm as part of my engagements this week; the live tracking solar facility at Moree is one of the largest of these facilities to be situated in NSW. I also toured the new water ski park and a range of other innovative industrial developments being considered as part of the Moree Special Activation Precinct proposals. The morning finished with a quick review of the UNE SRI Hub being located in Moree where a new generation of entrepreneurs will be fledged.