Today is a landmark day for TAFE Western in Mudgee, with work officially starting on the state-of-the-art, $7 million Mudgee Learning Resource Hub upgrade project.
TAFE Western Institute Director Kate Baxter was joined by Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business The Hon John Barilaro to officially turn the first sod for the Stage 4 Capital Works.
Ms Baxter said once the project was completed, the new Mudgee Learning Resource Hub would strengthen and improve training and education options offered by TAFE, with hundreds of students to benefit.
“TAFE Western is very excited about this project,” Ms Baxter said. “This project will consolidate Mudgee’s two TAFE sites into one site that will enable students to experience cutting-edge learning resources.”
“Once completed, the Mudgee Learning Resource Hub will enable TAFE Western to better target the needs of our students, offering vital student services such as administration, skills development and counselling.”
During today’s official sod turning, TAFE Western was also presented with a special Green Star Certification from Green Building Council of Australia director Jeff Oatman.
“We’re thrilled that this project was awarded a 5 Star Green Star Education design v1 Certified Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia,” Ms Baxter said.
“This award represents Australian excellence in environmentally sustainable design and is a demonstration of TAFE Western’s commitment to sustainable practice.”
Ms Baxter said some of the features that enabled the site to achieve the Green Star Certification included: energy efficient lighting, heating/cooling systems, appliances and building materials; incorporation of non-toxic and recycled materials in construction products; use of low-environmental impact concrete, optimisation of natural diffused light, sustainable transport options, state-of-the-art water harvesting systems and minimal use of organic volatile compounds - just to name a few.
Work on the Mudgee Learning Resource Hub is expected to be completed by June, 2016.
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