Multi-million facelift planned for local TAFE

By KUE DAVIS

TENDERS have been called for a major upgrade to the TAFE facilities at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus, which will be targeted at providing state-of-the-art automotive, health and sport and recreation facilities.

Director of TAFE NSW North Coast Institute, Elizabeth McGregor, said that the multi-million dollar major works will target areas that have been expressed as relevant to the Coffs Harbour region.

"There are three major elements to this development: the relocation and update of automotive training facilities from Glenreagh Street to the Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC), the expansion of the health and aged care training facilities, and the introduction of sport and recreation training facilities," Mrs McGregor said.

"All of these areas have been identified by council as vital areas for the future of the Coffs Harbour region.

"The development of these facilities means that we will be able to offer new places in health and sport and recreation, and keep up with the growing demand in the automotive department."

NSW Minister for Education and Training, John Della Bosca, said that the upgrade was a part of the state government's commitment to giving apprentices and trainees the best career start possible.

"The new automotive teaching facility will include new lecture rooms, vehicle work area, mechanical and electrical laboratories and an auto library resource room.

"The students studying health, sport and recreation will benefit from a new sport and fitness room and diversional therapy centre, clinical laboratories and preparation rooms for nursing, reception area and nursing stations.

"The upgrade will also provide new staff and student amenities, lecture rooms, store rooms and office space."



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