Minister opens $8.4 million sports and medical precinct 

CDU Sports Science student, Nukua Dendle sprints through interval cameras under the watchful eye of Territory Health Minister, Kon Vatskalis, Federal Minister for Higher Education, Senator Chris Evans, Technical Officer, Nikeeta Robinson, and CDU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover

Charles Darwin University has added a huge piece to its Casuarina campus with the official opening of its sports precinct and medical centre today.

Australian Minister for Higher Education, Senator Chris Evans officially opened the $8.4 million sports and recreation precinct and medical centre which will provide first-rate services and facilities for students, staff and the public.

CDU Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Engineering, Health, Sciences and Environment, Dr Scott Snyder said the precinct was a key project in CDU’s active building program.

“The medical centre is the first designated medical facility on the University’s Casuarina campus since 2007,” he said.

“In addition to providing vital medical services, the centre will also act as an avenue for trainee doctors to receive training under close supervision and is an integral component of the university's Northern Territory Medical Program.”

Dr Snyder said he expected the state-of-the-art sports facility to augment the recreation services currently open to the university community and the public.

Currently operated by CDU Sports, the facility boasts a comprehensive collection of machine and free weights, cardio equipment, group fitness classes, an Olympic weight lifting platform and a multipurpose indoor space for indoor soccer, half court basketball, volleyball and badminton.

Dr Snyder said the university was committed to excellence in teaching and researching sport and exercise to deliver health outcomes for the wider community.

“The Exercise and Sport Science Laboratory, housed within the CDU Sports facility, is a state-of-the-art facility for teaching and research activities, and provides consultancy services, sport science and rehabilitation services,” he said.

During his visit, Senator Evans also moved the first shovel-load of soil for the $24.15 million Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education on the Casuarina campus.