TAFE Western will gratefully accept a generous donation of 10 vehicles and small plant equipment from Evolution Mining at a special presentation in Dubbo tomorrow (June 2) at 12.30pm.
TAFE Western Heavy Vehicles, Plant and Agriculture Head Teacher Brian Musgrove said the donation would have a positive impact for all automotive students studying at TAFE, including pre trade groups, trade apprentices and high school TVET students.
“The donation will include Toyota Landcruisers, Hilux utes and dual cabs, Prado 4WDs, a fire truck, coaster bus and some small plant equipment, fitted with late generation diesel engines,” Mr Musgrove said.
“To purchase the equipment the cost is in excess of $150,000 – but as a teaching resource this donation is totally invaluable and moves the automotive training in western NSW in a positive direction.
“We can’t thank Evolution Mining enough – this very generous support will provide hundreds of TAFE students with new and exciting learning opportunities.”
Evolution Mining General Manager Jason Greive said the organisation was glad to see the equipment find a new home helping TAFE students get hands-on experience during their training.
“TAFE plays a pivotal role in training and educating the next generation of mechanics, auto electricians, automotive specialists and other trades that are critical to the mining industry,” he said.
“Evolution recognises the importance of supporting these students gain their qualification, because today’s students may end up working out at Cowal Gold Operation or one of our other mining sites across the central west in the future.”
After tomorrow’s presentation, the vehicles and plant equipment will be distributed among automotive departments in TAFE Western’s footprint, benefitting areas including Dubbo, Bathurst, Orange and Broken Hill.