Improving student accommodation in Dookie


A RE-ELECTED Andrews Labor Government will help students in northern Victoria get a great education close to home.

Students in regional Victoria shouldn’t have to move far from home just to study, which is why Labor will invest $6M to upgrade accommodation and facilities at agricultural colleges, including at Dookie.

The Dookie campus of the University of Melbourne has played a key role in the development of agricultural teaching and learning in Victoria since 1886 and Labor will make sure that continues.

Situated on 2,440 hectares, the campus features a small community that houses students and teaching staff, as well as housing merino sheep, an orchard, robotic dairy, winery and a natural bush reserve.

The upgrade of Dookie will include improved accommodation, training and study facilities and better data connectivity, multimedia and interactive technology.

Victoria can only continue to lead the nation if our agriculture students have great local facilities and under Labor they will.

Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford said, “Victoria has been built on the hard work of our farming communities, it’s only fitting that we invest in the next generation and the great education they deserve.

“You shouldn’t have to move across the state to get a good education; that’s why Labor will back our farming students and upgrade facilities at regional agricultural colleges.”

Labor Candidate for Shepparton, Bill Heath said, “For generations, Dookie has been at the heart of our community. A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure it has a bright future to match its proud past.”