I hope that you enjoyed the winter break and are ready to tackle the second half of the year with fresh vigour.
Orientation is in full swing and it’s an important time for our new students. Please join me in creating a vibrant, inclusive and welcoming La Trobe learning community by positively greeting visitors and students over the coming weeks. If you see or meet a student who is new to La Trobe, I encourage you to say hello and assist them in any way you can.
Since my last message, a lot has been happening at La Trobe.
We recently announced investment in new student accommodation on our Melbourne Campus. This is the first increase since the establishment of the residential colleges more than 50 years ago.
The new accommodation will be located in the current accommodation precinct, and will provide 600 new beds for undergraduate and postgraduate students – with a mix of self-contained one bed studios, and two, four and six bed share apartments.
La Trobe has also signed up for Target 2025, an initiative to reduce adult smoking rates to five per cent amongst Victorian adults. La Trobe is already a smoke-free campus and all students, staff, and visitors are prohibited from smoking on all University campuses, including outdoor areas.
The smoking of cigarettes or e-cigarettes is only permitted in our designated smoking areas. From 30 July, staff, students and visitors smoking cigarettes or e-cigarettes outside of the designated smoking areas will be issued with fines of up to $79.28. I also encourage students to consider quitting smoking, and our website provides some information to help you make positive changes to your health and lifestyle by reducing or quitting smoking.
We recently extended the opening hours of our on-site child care centre. From 30 July, the centre will open at 7:30am to help students and staff who have early commitments at the University. I hope that these arrangements will help all members of our community to care for their children while excelling in their work or study at La Trobe.
Finally, former Victorian Premier, the Honourable John Brumby AO, was announced as the next Chancellor of La Trobe.
Mr Brumby will become the eighth Chancellor in our 50-year history on 29 March 2019, taking over from current Chancellor Professor Richard Larkins who has been in the position since February 2017.
That’s it for now. Again, welcome back and I wish you the best for Semester 2.