The relationship between Tamworth Regional Council and the University of New England has taken another, more formal step forward, with the enactment of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at a meeting on Monday night.
TRC mayor Col Murray described it as "a milestone of the relationship".
"Council has been working for three years with UNE towards establishment of a university campus in Tamworth," he said.
"The enactment of the MOU is a significant formalisation of that close relationship and establishes UNE as a key supplier of education and research for Tamworth."
The MOU identifies a number of proposed activities, including subsidised use of facilities for an initial period of a least two years.
Meanwhile, Cr Murray said there was increasing support for a university campus in the city.
"There has been real progress in recent years with support and advocacy from the Tamworth University Reference Group and Tamworth Business Chamber adding real weight to the cause," he said.
Added to that, he said funding from both state and federal governments was welcome, and he acknowledged the work done by the University's Vice-Chancellor and CEO Professor Brigid Heywood and her staff to progress the physical campus as "simply outstanding".
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