Uni expansion sparks glass half-full hopes for business
HOPES are growing that a new university presence could provide a fresh injection of income for traders in a once-thriving hinterland town.
The University of the Sunshine Coast has started leasing space at C-Square, in the heart of Nambour CBD.
USC's Nambour Hub was set to offer short courses, professional development opportunities and counselling services.
The hub was due to be officially launched in early-April.
Nambour Chamber of Commerce president Timothy Smith's February report hinted at rumours of "more exciting developments and programs to come".
"The University of the Sunshine Coast in investing in our town and we are so pleased," Mr Smith's report said.
"This is a space that is very definitely worth watching.
"USC has now established their exciting new Study Hub in C-Square which will attract people and students to our CBD."
Mr Smith's vision for Nambour was to have the current council building in Nambour converted into a university campus, catering for 4000-5000 students.
Endless Time Cafe owner Paul Smart has operated his business out of C-Square for more than four years.
He was upbeat about the new study centre, and hoped it would deliver fresh customers.
"If they do get people into it would be great," Mr Smart said.
He said his business and others like the newsagency and barber could benefit significantly from extra foot traffic.
"The town does need something," he said.