Charles Sturt U’s makes-nice with politicians on its patch

Three NSW state MPs speak up for CSU

Paul Toole (Nats-Bathurst and regional transport minister), Sam Farraway (Bathurst based member of the Legislative Council) and Wes Fang (from Wagga Wagga, also in the upper house) are briefed on the university’s financial position and plan.

CSU has issued supportive statements from the three on the university’s role in their regions.

It appears part of a university-effort to make-nice with MPs. On Friday CSU Wagga Wagga hosted state higher education minister Geoff Lee, Mr Fang and local MP Joe McGirr, who has recently reported community concerns with CSU (CMM October 21).

The briefings follow fierce criticism of the university by federal minister for regional education, Andrew Gee, who calls on CSU to release a confidential report on its finances (CMM October 26).

The university is in the process of restructuring courses and cutting jobs and the state of the books is of acute interest to staff.