Govt grants help tafe makeover
MURWILLUMBAH and Kingscliff TAFE campuses will receive repairs from top to bottom thanks to almost $1 million in funding.
From new floor coverings at Kingscliff up to a new roof at Murwillumbah the North Coast Institute of TAFE campuses will receive $985,990 from the Federal Government's Better TAFE Facilities initiative.
Murwillumbah campus manager Marjorie Goward said she is excited the upgrades are finally happening.
“They've been in the planning for so long,” Ms Goward said.
“There are a whole range of things happening, including a new roof, lift upgrades, painting, car-park repairs, and canteen and office refurbishments.”
The campus' $365,000 allocation is mainly for renovations and main- tenance, Ms Goward said, but it will also provide enhanced teaching and learning technology, such as computer equipment, software, and infrastructure for e-learning.
The Kingscliff campus will receive $620,990 to replace air conditioners with more energy efficient equipment, replace floor coverings, upgrade fire systems, guttering, painting, and to provide teaching and learning technology.
“It's wonderful that the Federal Government is willing to invest in keeping our facilities and tech- nologies up to date,” Ms Goward said.
Ms Goward said the grants to the two colleges should also have immediate flow-on benefits for the North Coast economy.
“Wherever possible, we'll be employing local contractors to do the work and local suppliers to provide materials,” she said.
“And hopefully they, in turn, will continue employing local people as apprentices and trainees.”
Richmond MP Justine Elliot said the Government's considerable investment will ensure people in the area can access the education and training they need locally.
“Our community will benefit from this investment through improved teaching facilities, a skilled workforce and from the economic activity generated by such infrastructure projects,” Ms Elliot said.