The NSW Labor MLC for Orange, Amanda Fazio, today announced tenders for an upgrade at Mudgee TAFE have been called.
Ms Fazio said the upgrades will provide teachers and students at the Mudgee campus with new training facilities for Tourism and Hospitality.
"The Development Application for this multi-million dollar new facility was recently approved by the local Council," Ms Fazio said.
"The construction of a purpose built facility will allow Tourism and Hospitality students to train in state-of-the-art facilities to gain their qualifications to work in the industry.
"The new building will be constructed on the Cassilis Road site of Mudgee TAFE and will provide students with a commercial kitchen, a teaching bar, cellar and a dining room to service both alfresco and fine dining experiences. "This project will also be a boost to the local economy, creating jobs when construction begins."
The upgrade at Mudgee TAFE includes the construction of:
Ms Fazio said Mudgee TAFE is one of 24 campuses within the Western NSW Institute.
"TAFE NSW Western Institute services more than half the area of NSW, including some of Australia's most isolated and remote communities, and attracts around 34,000 student enrolments each year," Ms Fazio added.
"It's 24 campuses, including Mudgee TAFE, are focused on providing the highest quality of education and training for business and the community.
"The new Tourism and Hospitality facilities will allow students of these courses to put their training into practice in a simulated office environment, ensuring Mudgee TAFE continues to provide industry with access to highly skilled and job-ready graduates.
"Mudgee TAFE is an excellent college and I know the students, teachers and the local community will greatly benefit from the upgrade."
Ms Fazio said the Rees Government is working hard to provide students and teachers with world class vocational training opportunities.
"The NSW Government is spending $85 million for TAFE college upgrades and $37 million on college maintenance in 2008-09," she added.
"We are spending more than $2 billion over four years to deliver the largest public education and training capital works program ever undertaken in NSW."
The project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments.