Dr Chris Brown cuts the ribbon on $4.9 million University of Sydney Camden Campus upgrade
Celebrity veterinarian, Bondi Vet’s Dr Chris Brown, officially opened the $4.9 million Stage 4 Nepean Lodge and Nepean Hall Student Kitchen upgrade in the presence of Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Ann Brewer on Thursday, 28th July 2011.
Dr Brown, a 2001 graduate from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, was thrilled to be back visiting the Camden Campus since spending a year living at Nepean Lodge in 2000 whilst completing his veterinary studies.
“It's honestly been a real buzz to come back to the Camden area. I have so many fond memories of my year living there” said Dr Brown.
Blessed with a sunny winter’s day, the opening was a great success with many University dignitaries, state and local government representatives, present and former University staff and students and members of the community coming along to witness the opening and to check out the new state-of-the-art facilities for themselves.
Nepean Lodge consists of duplex style accommodation, the first time this style has been available for undergraduate students on the Camden Campus. There are 14 duplexes and all 70 rooms are currently occupied by Veterinary Science and Bio Science students.
The duplexes offer five large single bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a large air conditioned open plan kitchen and a dining and living area that opens on to a large balcony. The units are fully furnished and equipped with electrical appliances.
In addition to the new duplexes, the commercial kitchen of Nepean Hall (a double storey residential building) has been replaced with a state-of-the-art purpose built kitchen that enables students to prepare their own meals.
Professor Rosanne Taylor, Dean of the University of Sydney’s, Faculty of Veterinary Science is delighted with the latest Camden additions.
“Students’ learning is influenced by their surroundings. This new state-of-the-art housing will strengthen our campus learning community, with our excellent clinical, research and farm facilities providing richer opportunities for students to pursue their diverse interests in animal management and health. It will provide a welcoming social environment for our many international and interstate students.”
“The new accommodation facilities are part of the University’s long term vision to create an agricultural and veterinary biosciences research and education centre of international repute, producing future leaders and serving our local community,” Professor Taylor added.
The new accommodation facilities are the latest addition to the University of Sydney’s planned $60 million upgrade of the Camden Campus located on Werombi Road, Camden.