In­sti­tute’s $46.5m works start

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

CON­STRUC­TION has started on a $46.5 mil­lion ex­pan­sion to Chal­lenger In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy that will po­si­tion the Mur­doch train­ing fa­cil­ity as a leader in health and al­lied ser­vices.

Deputy Premier and Min­is­ter for Train­ing and Work­force De­vel­op­ment Liza Har­vey said that when com­pleted, the new fa­cil­i­ties would al­low for the de­com­mis­sion­ing of the Chal­lenger In­sti­tute’s Bea­cons­field cam­pus.

“This cam­pus will pro­vide health and al­lied ser­vices, tourism, busi­ness and ad­min­is­tra­tion, mas­sage and I think beauty ther­apy will be here as well,” she said.

“Some of those are cur­rently be­ing ad­min­is­tered through the Bea­cons­field cam­pus, but it is quite tired and old, and ul­ti­mately that cam­pus will tran­si­tion to ei­ther a pub­lic or pri­vate hous­ing es­tate and all the stu­dents will be lo­cated here.”

Mrs Har­vey said the cam­pus was strate­gi­cally lo­cated to take ad­van­tage of nearby pub­lic trans­port links and health­care providers.

“We have a re­ally good part­ner­ship with St John of God who take on our stu­dents in an in-situ train­ing en­vi­ron­ment and that part­ner­ship will only be­come stronger be­cause of the co-lo­ca­tion here,” she said.

Chal­lenger In­sti­tute man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Terry Du­rant said there was high de­mand for the cour­ses, which would be avail­able through the new cam­pus.

“Some great new skills are com­ing across such as nurs­ing and al­lied health and it is go­ing to be a fab­u­lous fa­cil­ity in a great lo­ca­tion that fits in well with the long-term Tafe plans for cam­puses to be very ac­ces­si­ble for stu­dents and in­dus­try,” she said.

Mem­ber for Bate­man Matt Tay­lor reaf­firmed his sup­port for Roe 8 in light of the ad­di­tional traf­fic that will be gen­er­ated to and from the new fa­cil­ity, which is ex­pected to come on­line in Au­gust 2017.

“Roe 8 is crit­i­cal to this area and will re­duce traf­fic by up to 50 per cent on some of the roads around here, which is one of the main ben­e­fits to lo­cal fam­i­lies, in ad­di­tion to safety and in ad­di­tion to the trans­port of freight,” Mr Tay­lor said.

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