New ru­ral train­ing cen­tre for ag in­dus­try

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

TOOWOOMBA is set to grow its rep­u­ta­tion as an agri­cul­ture and health train­ing hub fol­low­ing the un­veil­ing of plans for a new multi-mil­lion dol­lar Ru­ral Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence as well as up­graded fa­cil­i­ties for health­care train­ing.

Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and Min­is­ter for Train­ing and Skills De­vel­op­ment Shan­non Fen­ti­man turned the first sod for the new train­ing cen­tre, which is part of a $7 mil­lion cam­pus re­de­vel­op­ment at TAFE Queens­land Toowoomba.

“Agri­cul­ture is vi­tal to the Queens­land econ­omy, adding more than $10 bil­lion each year, and the Toowoomba and Dar­ling Downs re­gion is a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor,” the Pre­mier said.

“The de­vel­op­ment of the new Ru­ral Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence will help de­liver high-qual­ity train­ing to en­sure the ru­ral in­dus­try’s work­force is equipped with a broad set of up-to-date skills.”

Ms Fen­ti­man said the re­de­vel­op­ment would cater for an ad­di­tional 400 stu­dents at the cam­pus, which cur­rently de­liv­ered train­ing to more than 4200 stu­dents per year.

“The Ru­ral Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence will cater for 200 more stu­dents – a wel­come ad­di­tion to the re­gion’s grow­ing agri­cul­ture in­dus­try, with a 20 per cent jump in en­rol­ments al­ready this year,” Ms Fen­ti­man said.

“It’s fan­tas­tic that the new fa­cil­ity will meet Queens­land’s fu­ture needs with in­no­va­tion in sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture and hor­ti­cul­ture as we move to a greener to­mor­row.”

The cour­ses will in­clude train­ing in mod­ern pri­mary in­dus­try tech­nolo­gies such as high-yield ur­ban farm­ing con­tain­ers, smart bots and aerial drones for land use and map­ping.

“Mod­ern equip­ment and tech­nolo­gies such as video anal­y­sis of cat­tle in sim­u­lated sa­le­yard en­vi­ron­ments will en­hance the stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence and place TAFE Queens­land at the fore­front of ru­ral de­liv­ery.”

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