Victoria Uni health and fitness centre benefits community

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  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education

A new $5.6 million health and fitness centre at Melbourne’s Victoria University is benefitting students and staff, and providing a welcome resource for the local community.

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, today officially opened the centre at the university’s St Albans campus.

“The centre caters to the various goals and capabilities of people of all ages, backgrounds, fitness levels and health,” Senator Ryan said.

“Importantly, it’s not just the University's staff and students who are benefitting.

“Local sporting teams can take advantage of facilities like the multi-purpose sports court and outdoor training courtyard.

“Through this centre, Victoria University is making an important contribution to the broader wellbeing of the community.”

The health and fitness centre was funded with a $2.6 million contribution from the Australian Government and $3 million from Victoria University.

It includes a cardio, weights and functional performance zone, as well as a group fitness/multi-purpose space and a multi-sport court.

The centre also has the capacity to host national league volleyball tournaments, and is one of three designated facilities for Ambulance Victoria physical testing.

Senator Ryan highlighted earlier Australian Government infrastructure investment at Victoria University, including the Construction Futures training facility at the Sunshine campus that received almost $39 million through the Education Investment Fund.

“Projects like Construction Futures are clearly important, but we know there’s more to a productive and fulfilling campus life than learning and teaching infrastructure alone,” Senator Ryan said.

“There is plenty of evidence that what happens outside the classroom is just as important."

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