The seeds of a new campus
A new campus in Berwick announced
The local community in Berwick had been pushing for a university for a while and on the eve of the 1992 state election, it was announced that Monash would open a campus there in 1996. New Deputy Vice-Chancellor Robert Pargetter chaired a working group for the new campus. The project caught his imagination, and he aspired to improve access to higher education for those on the suburban fringe.
The new campus would harness technology to connect itself to Monash’s growing network of locations. A communications tower would be built. The library would contain not only books but also electronic databases. In addition, Berwick needed its own focus and a suite of specialty courses in communications, electronic commerce, tourism and IT were designed. Rather than a campus for the local area, it would be built to attract students from everywhere.
While Berwick was planned to be local and specialised, the new highway connected the community more directly with Clayton and undermined the logic of a local campus.