CONSTRUCTION of Nambucca Head's new TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre is one step closer, as the NSW Government today announced the location for what they say will be a world-class facility.
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, Dr Geoff Lee, joined Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey, at the old McDonalds restaurant site on Giinagay Way near the Nambucca Plaza to announce TAFE NSW had purchased the site to construct the new, modern, campus.
Minister Lee said the new facility would greatly expand the availability of education and training in the Nambucca Valley.
"The NSW Government is significantly investing in TAFE NSW to deliver the skills needed to support regional communities," Dr Lee said.
"This landmark project will complement existing facilities in the region as the first presence for TAFE NSW in Nambucca Heads.
"I'm excited to release new concept images that will allow local residents to get a feel for this modern facility. The concept designs are designed with principles of next generation learning in mind."
Mrs Pavey said the property acquisition marks the first step in delivering a multi-million-dollar investment in education for the region and represents the first time TAFE NSW has had a campus in Nambucca Heads.
"The purchase of this land will enable the NSW Government to establish the first TAFE NSW campus in Nambucca Heads, through a new, modern and digitally-enabled CLC," she said.
"When completed, the CLC will be a multi-purpose and digital learning facility where students receive personalised learning experiences, access to teachers both on and off-site, and directly relevant training for skills shortages of the future.
"Local students will be empowered to connect into TAFE NSW's state-wide network of campuses and courses which will significantly expand educational opportunities.
"CLCs are specifically designed to suit a variety of local needs so they are at the heart of the communities they serve. Regional education is critical to local communities and to the economy. That's why I am delighted the NSW Government is focused on expanding training opportunities in our region."