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Opening ceremony for 'The George'

Date posted: Tuesday 8 Mar 2011

Opening ceremony for 'The George'

'To create a sense of belonging’ and ‘a place for social interaction’, are just some of the phrases being used to describe Swinburne's new state-of-the-art student services building, 'The George.'

Based at the Hawthorn campus, the seven storey building accommodates study areas, a large open plan lounge accompanied by a student kitchen, a games room, a gym, multi-faith prayer rooms and health services.

With the new semester having just begun, the facility will provide the influx of new students with a base to relax and meet others. 

Swinburne Student Amenities Association (SSAA) Operations Manager, Graeme Taylor  was surprised how quickly the students began using the building.

"Considering we only moved in two weeks ago, a considerable amount of students are already taking advantage of the brand new facilities,” he said. 

The $30 million hub combines all the necessary student facilities under the one roof.  “It will be a place to gather and mingle with students of all courses, international, domestic, TAFE, Higher ED, plus student clubs. It is a wonderful facility,” Taylor said. 

The Swinburne Psychology Clinic, located on the fourth floor of the facility, is the largest university psychology clinic in Australia, providing more than 500 people a year with access to low-cost counselling, psychological assessment and group therapy treatment.

‘The George’ has been named after former mayor of Hawthorn and original founder of the
university, George Swinburne. The name was chosen by Swinburne Student, Aaron McNeilly, whose entry was selected as part of an SSAA run competition.

Swinburne’s Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Andy Flitman will be conducting the official opening of the building on Tuesday 8 March at 11.30am. The ceremony will be held at ‘The George’, located at 34 Wakefield Street, Hawthorn. 

The building was designed by Blomquist + Wark Architects. Photographs of the completed building can be found online.

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