BEGA TAFE TO BECOME EDUCATION AND TRAINING POWERHOUSE

Monday, 10 December 2018

Bega is set to become an education and training powerhouse with the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government today announcing it has allocated an additional $17 million to construct yet another TAFE NSW facility in Bega. 

The announcement takes the total allocation for new TAFE NSW facilities in Bega to approximately $25 million, after the Liberals and Nationals Government spent $7.8 million earlier this year to construct a TAFE Connected Learning Centre (CLC) that is now nearing completion.

Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall said the Liberals and Nationals Government was revolutionising TAFE’s presence in the Bega Valley.

“This is an absolute game changer for the people of the Bega Valley who are set to benefit from a TAFE presence rivalled by few others across the State,” Mr Marshall said.

“The Liberals and Nationals Government is committing an additional $17 million to establish a state-of-the-art campus right next door to the Connected Learning Centre currently under construction and nearing completion.

“Together these facilities will turbocharge TAFE’s presence in Bega and offer students the best in modern learning spaces and the opportunity to study a huge range of courses never offered before.” 

The new $17 million facility will allow TAFE NSW to introduce a significant range of new hands-on courses in Bega, including Agriculture, Bricklaying, Carpentry, Electrical, Early Childhood Education and Care, Health Services and Plumbing. 

“Labor should hang their heads in shame. While they’ve been running around whipping up fear in the community about TAFE leaving town, the Liberals and Nationals Government has been doing the hard work to give the people of Bega the state-of-the-art TAFE they deserve,” Mr Marshall said. 

Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the $17 million facility would see his vision for a turbocharged TAFE presence in Bega realised.

“The people of the Bega Valley deserve the best access to education and training and that’s why I’ve been fighting hard to see our local TAFE completely revilitalised and transformed into an education powerhouse,” Mr Constance said.

“Already next door we’re seeing a state-of-the-art $7.8 million TAFE Connected Learning Centre nearing completion, which will more than double the amount of courses on offer to local students.

“Now with this new facility students in Bega will have even better access to TAFE courses and more opportunities to get the skills they need to secure a job or their next promotion.

“For too long people in the Bega Valley have been forced to travel to places like Cooma, Moruya or Nowra to access the training they want. That’s about to change with this truly exciting announcement.”

Planning for the new $17 million will commence shortly. It is anticipated the facility will be completed by 2021.

The existing TAFE NSW campus at Barrack Street will remain open and operational. 

Vision of the new facility is available via - https://vimeo.com/304069556/941ad10acd