ACU's Brisbane Campus recently celebrated 10 years at its Banyo location
Minister for Education Hon John-Paul Langbroek MP attended a Turning of the First Sod ceremony to commemorate the new landmark building, and other celebrations on the day included an Indigenous dance celebration, a story-telling gathering by ACU staff on campus, and a liturgical celebration.
The landmark building, which comprises a community court at the back of the campus, aims to be completed by semester one 2015. A minimum of 50 per cent of the 6000 square metre floor space will be dedicated to teaching and learning including a new flexible learning area. The building will also have dedicated offices for academic and general staff.
Professor Jim Nyland, Associate Vice-Chancellor (Brisbane), said that it is wonderful to recognise 10 years at Banyo.
"The Brisbane Campus is fantastic, featuring great staff and students, and boasting an excellent location and facilities," he said.
"It is an exciting time and we have many new developments, such as our new landmark building, the establishment of a new Clinical School at Mater Hospital and also the new ACU Health Clinic.
"We are also extending our car parking facilities, and have made further provision for teaching, learning and office space on campus."
Originally formed in 1955 as McAuley College by the Sisters of Mercy, the college was responsible for preparing of Sisters of Mercy to teach in Catholic schools. McAuley College soon extended its mission to include members of other religious orders and in 1973 lay-students were admitted to the college. At the end of 1990, the Council of McAuley College formally handed responsibility for the college and its operations to ACU. The Brisbane Campus relocated in 2003, replacing the former campus in Mitchelton. The 40-hectare site was formerly the Pius XII Provincial Seminary, with a history extending back to 1863.