Friday (November 18) was a landmark occasion for TAFE Western students in Mudgee and the surrounding district, with Member for Dubbo, the Hon Troy Grant MP officially opening the state-of-the-art Mudgee Learning Resource Hub.
“It gives me great pleasure to open the new Mudgee Learning Resource Hub, which will be a one-stop shop for support services such as counselling, disability support, course and career information, library services and administration, as well as providing dedicated spaces for interactive learning and social gatherings,” Mr Grant said.
“This new facility has the potential to help thousands of students with their studies and maximise their learning experience at TAFE Western and the $7 million building is an important development for Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the Mudgee region.”
“Our local communities expect high quality training and education facilities and courses. This significant development delivers that for Mudgee,” he said.
“The NSW Government remains focused and committed to delivering quality outcomes for TAFE students and through redevelopment projects like this one.”
TAFE Western Acting Institute Director Adam Bennett said the new facility was awarded a 5 Star Green Star Education design v1 Certified Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, making it one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the region.
“This award represents Australian excellence in environmentally sustainable design and is a demonstration of TAFE Western’s commitment to sustainable practice,” he said.
“We are very proud of the fact we are the only TAFE NSW Institute to have the 5 Star Green Star Education design V1 Certified Rating for one of our buildings.”
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 recyclable materials in construction products; use of low-environmental impact concrete, optimisation of natural diffused light, sustainable transport options, solar power water harvesting systems and minimal use of volatile organic compounds - just to name a few.
Mr Grant said the new building had been operation since 22 August 2016, with hundreds of students and staff already making the most of its wrap-around services.
For more information about the services available at Mudgee, please call TAFE Mudgee on 6378 2666. For more information about TAFE Western’s state-of-the-art Student Hubs, visit https://www.tafewestern.edu.au/current-students/student-hubs
** Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee, Federal Member for Dubbo Troy Grant and TAFE Western Acting Institute Director Adam Bennett officially open the brand new Mudgee Learning Resource Hub.