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Federal Election: Labor promises $7.2m Digital Discovery Centre for WSU Bankstown

Western Sydney University’s new Bankstown campus will get a state-of-the-art Digital Discovery Centre if Labor wins the 2019 federal election.

The article was originally published on Canterbury-Bankstown Express, The Daily Telegraph, Author: Lawrence Machado

Blaxland federal Labor MP Jason Clare said today his party will spend $7.2 million on the world class centre at Bankstown, which is home to a sizable manufacturing sector.

This investment is part of Labor’s $300 million University Future Fund.

Jason Clare: I want to make sure that local kids can go to university in the heart of Bankstown and get the skills they need for the jobs of the future. Picture: Jeremy Piper/AAP

Mr Clare said this sector is seeing a massive change because of technology and automation with the new centre making a big difference.

“I want to make sure that local kids can go to university in the heart of Bankstown and get the skills they need for the jobs of the future,” Mr Clare said.

Western Sydney University will build a new ‘vertical campus in the Bankstown CBD. Picture: Carmela Roche

The Digital Discovery Centre will be part of Western Sydney University’s vertical campus planned for Bankstown CBD .

“Australia’s workforce will continue to change into the future, but the Liberals have done nothing to plan for those changes or make sure workers and local students have the skills they need,” Labor candidate for the marginal seat of Banks, Chris Gambian said.

Labor candidate for Banks Chris Gambian. Picture: Carmela Roche

Dr Andy Marks. Picture: Damian Shaw

Dr Andy Marks, the Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Western Sydney University, welcomed the funding promise.

“The Digital Discovery Centre will support south Western Sydney’s engagement with digital technologies. It’s an opportunity to leverage, rather than be destabilised by digital disruption,” Dr Marks said.

“It’s not just about digital technology. It’s about community and businesses thinking differently, collaborating, and innovating to solve the region’s challenges.”

Labor said its commitment to delivering the Digital Discovery Centre will support digital technologies and support capabilities enabling, development, prototyping and testing of technologies in areas including:

  • Industry 4.0 and industrial Internet of Things.
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • Neuromorphic engineering (biology computational and electronic systems)
  • Collaborative robotics and automation.
  • Big data analytics and data visualisation.
  • Virtual and augmented reality.
  • Additive manufacturing.
  • Advanced sensing and haptics.
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Flight Path – WSU’s Strategy for the Western Sydney Airport

‘Flight Path’ is a comprehensive strategy that details Western Sydney University’s long-term commitment to maximising the social, cultural and economic benefits of the Western Sydney Airport for our region.

The strategy also illustrates how the thematic positioning of this expertise in accessible and collaborative locations — like Liverpool, Hawkesbury and Westmead — is key to their successful integration with the Aerotropolis.

The University’s Launch Pad start-up/scaleup incubator can activate this expertise by partnering with businesses to distribute the economic benefits of the Airport across the region.

Furthermore, the labour force required to drive new knowledge jobs will emerge from approaches to curriculum that embrace the changing nature of work and digital disruption pioneered by the University’s ‘21st Century Curriculum’ project.

The University’s groundbreaking ‘Western Growth’ program of campus transformation maximises the University’s networking capacity — a network that WSA can leverage to distribute the Airport’s economic transition effects across Western Sydney. No other organisation has the depth, range and intensity of connections across every major Western Sydney centre. No other entity can attract, enliven and engage industry, government and community connections in the way the University can.

Read the full paper here.