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Student accommodation to feature in Footscray development

Victoria University (VU) has welcomed the provision of 250 student beds in the McNab Avenue development announced by Planning Minister Justin Madden today.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Capital and Management Services, Jon Hickman, said the student accommodation would be managed by UniLodge and VU would be a preferred client.

"This is a great outcome for our students and the University," Mr Hickman said.

"UniLodge has an excellent track record in managing high-quality student accommodation across Australia and New Zealand.

"These self-contained units will provide a study area, kitchenette and bathroom facilities in addition to a bed, for 250 students. Our international and domestic students will be preferred clients. There will also be common room areas for group study and recreation, and provision of support services such as pastoral care and advice to students.

"The University already provides accommodation for 500 students at the Maribyrnong Student Village and a further 47 single-bed units at Victoria Place in Ballarat Road Footscray.

"With this landmark development at McNab Avenue we will be able to house many more students in the Footscray-Maribyrnong area."

The McNab Avenue development, featuring retail outlets, a gym and office space as well as private and affordable housing units is scheduled to open in 2014.

The 5 Green Star development will cost $350 million.


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