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Curtin University
Note to staff

10 March 2009


Appointment of Curtin Sydney – Campus Director

I am pleased to announce Greg Parry as the new Campus Director for Curtin Sydney. He commenced his role on 19 January.
Greg has had an extensive career as a teacher and administrator in the Western Australian public and private school systems, including with the curriculum and assessment authority. Since 1998, Greg has been in the Faculty of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University (ECU) where he taught economics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and conducted research in economics education and innovation in services industries.
He was also a client manager for ECU’s Navitas partners in Perth, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Zambia. Greg has co-authored a number of economics texts used in secondary schools and university foundation programs.
He holds Master degrees in Economics and Education Management from the University of Western Australia.

On behalf of the University, I would like to welcome Greg to the Curtin team.

Harmony Week (15-21 March)

Harmony Week runs from 15-21 March and is an opportunity to recognise and respect our differences, while focusing on what unites us as Western Australians. Harmony Week recognises the need to break down the barriers that prevent people from being full and active participants in our society and is an opportunity to take a stand against racism and discrimination in all its forms.

Information about Harmony Week events is available at:

Curtin is committed to enhancing equal opportunity for all staff and students. Our Reconciliation Action Plan espouses Curtin’s vision and process for reconciliation: that the University be a place of learning that respects Indigenous culture and diversity and a place where Indigenous and non-Indigenous people come together to learn their chosen discipline contextualised within Indigenous culture and history.

Our Equal Employment Opportunity Management Plan is designed to enable the University to build on and improve its performance in establishing and maintaining a diverse and broadly representative workforce and has been acknowledged by the Office of EEO (WA) as best practice.

The Plans are available at

Curtin provides information and resources related to cultural diversity at
On 21 March I encourage all of you to celebrate our diversity and reflect on the issues that still require action. You may wish to participate in the Taste of Harmony initiative which is about recognising and celebrating the rich cultural diversity that exists in Australian workplaces through food. The vision is for all workplaces to participate by gathering colleagues together over a delicious lunch made up of foods from different lands, either at their workplace or at a participating restaurant. For more information visit:

Vice-Chancellors’ Oration (16 March)

On 21 March 1960, in the township of Sharpeville, South Africa, police opened fire on a peaceful protest against the apartheid regime’s ‘pass laws’, killing 69 people. To commemorate this tragic event, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 21 the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

To acknowledge the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Vice Chancellors’ Oration co-ordinated by the Western Australian Universities’ Vice- Chancellors and the Office of Multicultural Interests is held annually at one of the WA universities.

The 2009 Oration is being held at Curtin’s Bentley Campus on Monday 16 March at 6.30pm in the Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre. The Oration will be presented by Lieutenant General (Retd) John Sanderson AC, Chairman of the Indigenous Implementation Board in WA, and a strong advocate of human rights.

Please RSVP to 08 9266 2563 or email:

Freeway Bike Hike Sunday 22 March

Once a year the Graham Farmer and Mitchell Freeways are closed for a mass participation cycling event. This annual event attracts more than 7,000 participants and is a feature event of Bike Week in Perth.

Last year Curtin had 93 Freeway Bike Hike participants and we proudly won the University Challenge Trophy.

I will be participating again this year, and I encourage all Curtin staff to join me for this exciting event. Please also invite family, friends and work colleagues to register with you through Curtin.

This year we hope to retain the University Challenge Trophy and have more than 100 people join the bike hike.

To register, please go to the Curtin Squash Courts (Bldg 108) near the Guild.

For more information visit

Team entries close on Friday 13 March.

Your race pack will be available for collection from the Curtin Stadium (Bldg 111) on Friday 20 March. Participants will receive a FREE Curtin singlet or t-shirt and a light brunch will be provided at the end of the event.