The University of Wollongong is renowned as a centre of excellence in research and education. It also has an important public role in developing strategic partnerships within the cultural sphere and this exhibition at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts centre is an example of the type of initiative that reflects the diverse roles of a contemporary University. The agenda of 'Common Ground' is to explore the physical place that unites the communities of southern Sydney and Illawarra, the Royal Nalional Park. The University of Woliongong has for many years undertaken projects in the scientific realms that seek to bring a grealer knowledge and understanding of lhe Royal National Park to its users, but 'Common Ground' gives a broader view of the Royal National Park, embracing both the visual arts and science, which will inform a contemporary cultural understanding of this rich heritage which we all share. It is a continuing part of a long term liaison over many years with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and will, like the scientific work that has preceded it, increase the community understanding of this unique, spectacular and inspiring region. The University of Wollongong is pleased to present this exhibition to the people of Sutherland. May it reinforce the important cultural, social and economic role the University can play in the development of the area.