Vocational training in Wilcannia has received a significant boost with the official opening of a new educational facility at Wilcannia TAFE.
Deputy Premier the Hon Troy Grant MP, Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries and Minister for Skills, Small Business and Regional Development the Hon John Barilaro congratulated TAFE Western on the upgrade, which was completed with the help of a $300,000 investment from the NSW Government.
“This new facility - which has been named Paliira-Ngurta-Ngurta-Kiira (Bakandji Aboriginal language meaning Good Teaching Place) - is custom-designed, supporting TAFE Western’s strategy to create an easily accessible Student Hub for all learners,” Mr Humphries said.
“The new building is an important investment for all Wilcannia TAFE students and the entire Wilcannia community.
“The old demountable buildings were rundown and not great learning environments – but already there has been a boost in morale because of the vastly improved learning surroundings for students in this new building."
Member for Dubbo and Deputy Premier the Hon Troy Grant MP said the new facility was the result of a collaborative partnership with Dubbo TAFE.
“This new building, which is more than 20 metres long, was built by construction students at Dubbo TAFE then transported to Wilcannia," he said.
“This will be a significant asset for the community and I am proud of the role my local TAFE here in Dubbo played in helping students in Wilcannia access modern, quality vocational training.”
Minister for Skills John Barilaro said the NSW Government was committed to helping students right across NSW reach their training and education goals, and the new building at Wilcannia gives students access to a first-class learning facility.
“Students can access video conferencing and connected classroom facilities, and the award-winning TAFE Western Connect (TWC) program – a program that allows students to learn from remote locations – something that is very important in a remote community like Wilcannia," he said.
"This new building has been a fresh start for Wilcannia and the community has certainly embraced it.
"Student activity and community engagement has dramatically increased since the new building’s arrival."