At the heart of the new RTC model is our move to the Melbourne CBD. This is an exciting location for teaching and learning. Melbourne, famously regarded as the world’s most liveable city, is a bustling multicultural city of four million people, known for its café culture, retail, arts and sports precincts.
At the brand launch, we announced that the College has acquired premises at Level 3, 221 Queen Street. This places us right in the middle of the CBD grid and in the centre of Melbourne’s train and tram network, making it easily accessible from anywhere in Melbourne, or regional centres like Geelong. It locates us closer to many of our supporting churches as well as other churches looking for reformed evangelical training. It opens up scope for inner city workers and dwellers to study at the RTC, and enables us to network with other Melbourne CBD ministries. It also positions us in an ideal location for students and lecturers flying in from other States or overseas. The CBD is a 20-25 minute bus ride from the airport, and offers a host of attractive accommodation options.
This new campus really is an answer to prayer. Due to the very generous assistance and financial investment of a number of RTC supporters, we have not only been able to secure excellent funding for the Child Care Centre that we are building in Geelong, but have now also had this property in Melbourne purchased specifically with a view to us leasing it for our Melbourne CBD campus. It is an incredible provision.
The new Melbourne CBD campus will allow for two classrooms, faculty offices and reception, a student common area and a satellite library. The building will be fitted out in the latter part of this year in readiness for classes in February 2017. Our facilities in Geelong will now be known as the RTC Resource Centre, where faculty offices, administration, full library services and other ministries will be located.
Please join us in praising God for this wonderful provision.