The University of Newcastle continues its city-centre expansion, lodging plans with government for a river-side, city facility at Honeysuckle , a block away from the flash NeW multi-story teaching building. They are both part of plan to, “build a strong and sustainable education, innovation and research presence in the Newcastle CBD. … There is a shared optimism for the future of the city and our university is proud to play an important role,” COO Nat McGregor says. Staff out at the old Callahan campus, 10km out of town are less enthused, with some feeling left-out. And campus union leaders contrast the city investment with management’s talk of tight-times as enterprise bargaining drags on.