Avondale University has been an important and integral part of the Lake Macquarie community for more than 122 years, but I'm very pleased to inform the House that the college is now known as the Avondale University.
Following many years of hard work by the college's leadership group, Avondale recently became the first higher education provider in Australia to qualify for a change in category under new guidelines set by the national regulator, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.
Avondale is now one step away from achieving full university status.
Avondale offers courses in the arts, business, education, nursing, ministry, science and veterinary fields so it is a great asset to our community and indeed the State.
There are many people at Avondale who I should acknowledge but none more so than former college president John Cox who got the ball rolling on the university aspirations, and current President Professor Ray Roennfeldt.
They and their teams have worked very hard for many years on establishing the college as one of the finest education institutions in the region and beyond.
I congratulate all concerned on this tremendous milestone.
(Picture courtesy of The Lakes Mail)