Labor announces $5 million for a culinary science school in Mandurah

Canning Labor candidate Mellisa Teede, who released the funding announcement at local café Mataya with Mayor Rhys Williams, Peel Development Commission chair Paddi Creevey, Murdoch campus chief of staff David Morrison and Shadow Assistant Minister for Universities Louise Pratt.
Canning Labor candidate Mellisa Teede, who released the funding announcement at local café Mataya with Mayor Rhys Williams, Peel Development Commission chair Paddi Creevey, Murdoch campus chief of staff David Morrison and Shadow Assistant Minister for Universities Louise Pratt.

THERE would be no better place in WA for hospitality training if a proposed culinary school went ahead in Mandurah, according to Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams.

Mr Williams was referring to a funding proposal announced by Canning Labor candidate Mellisa Teede in Mandurah today, that a Labor Government would invest $5 million in a Mandurah Culinary Science School.

Mandurah has the highest level of unemployment in WA and Mrs Teede said the school would create a practical training facility for surrounding businesses and industry to boost the local economy.

Local food entrepreneurs would also be able to use the school’s cutting edge program to learn how to make the most of the region’s local produce, adding value to their food for both domestic and overseas markets.

“The school would showcase the best the region has to offer, including our fantastic primary produce and booming cafes and restaurant scene,’’ she said.

Mrs Teede said the project had in principal support from Murdoch University which is also involved in the Commonwealth Research Centre for Future Food Systems and leads the Australian National Phenome Centre, both of which are of strategic importance to food and agriculture industries in the Peel region.

Peel Development Commission chairman Paddi Creevey said the project would not have happened without the City of Mandurah and Murdoch University and was critical to training people in the food industry.

“Unless we raise the bar, Mandurah and the Peel region will never reach its full potential,’’ she said.

Mayor Rhys Williams there would be no better place in WA for hospitality training.

He said a feasibility study had already been completed with Murdoch University and the $5 million investment was the trigger for a business case study to start.