On Tuesday 12th May 2009, the Western Bulldogs Board of Directors welcomed representatives from Victoria University to Whitten Oval for a special presentation and unveiling of the newest addition to Whitten Oval precinct, an eight metre long, all Australian made Boardroom table which now takes pride and place in the level three Boardroom of the new Whitten Oval Infill building.
Western Bulldogs Chief Executive, Campbell Rose said the Club was extremely proud of the table designed and built by students of Victoria University's Furniture Studies course.
"This table represents the significance of the partnership between the Western Bulldogs and Victoria University."
"Like our partnership, it represents quality and excellence and will stand the test of time," Rose said.
Victoria University's Vice Chancellor, Prof Elizabeth Harman said that the table was a product of the relationship with the Western Bulldogs.
"This is a long lasting symbol of two icons in the West," she said.
"VU is committed to collaborated projects which give back to and strengthen the Western region; this is a wonderful demonstration of giving students the opportunity to learn out in the community."
Someone involved in the project from its conception was Bill Emerson, Furniture Studies Program Manager at Victoria University.
Bill said that one of VU's philosophies was to bring together students with some of VU's partners.
"This project was a great opportunity to get involved with a community organisation and a great opportunity to involve students in something major and something they will remember for the rest of their lives."
"We were grateful for the opportunity to work on this project, and to showcase what our school can do," he said.
"To know VU has such a strong partnership with the Western Bulldogs gives us a great deal of pride in what has been achieved," Bill said.
Teacher Mark Thomson said the eight metre table made of Tasmanian Myrtle and WA Jarrah was a challenge for the students but a great job for them to aspire to. The table build at the Newport campus took over four months to be completed.
"All our final year students are assessed on a project they design and build, and students Phillip Coyle, Kostain Haralambidis and Jeremy Cusack have most definitely passed with flying colours," Mark said.