Construction works on the new Scone TAFE are cranking up, with Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen today turning the first sod on the multi-million dollar facility.
Mr Johnsen was today joined by Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall for the occasion.
“This $6.7 million dollar TAFE facility is going to absolutely turbocharge education and training opportunities in Scone,” Mr Johnsen said.
“Scone TAFE is already offering world-class training to students but the addition of this TAFE Connected Learning Centre is going to take this offering to a whole new level.
“Jam-packed with the latest in technology, including artificial reality, the new TAFE facility will allow students to tap into TAFE’s state-wide network of campuses, courses and teaches.
“The real advantage for locals is that they will soon be able to study a wider range of courses right here in Scone without having to travel to other regional towns or even Sydney.
“Similar facilities across the State have resulted in a tripling of course offerings and a doubling of TAFE enrolments, so we can expect TAFE’s presence in Scone to strengthen once it is operational.
“And I’ll be very clear. This facility is in addition to the current TAFE campus in Scone. Together they’re going to ensure locals have the world-class access to TAFE they deserve.”
Mr Marshall said the Nationals in Government were driving a significant expansion of TAFE across regional NSW.
“Country people deserve the same quality access to TAFE as their peers in the city.
Today’s announcement is a significant step in levelling the playing field and giving the people of Scone the TAFE presence they deserve,” Mr Marshall said.
“Michael Johnsen has been a strong advocate for TAFE in his community, and the results of that hard are showing with the Upper Hunter receiving three new TAFE facilities in just over the past twelve months.”
The new facility will be completed in late 2019.