State Govt commits to ‘once in a generation’ build of training centres at Peel and Manudrah Tafe campuses if re-elected

State Govt commits to ‘once in a generation’ build of training centres at Peel and Manudrah Tafe campuses if re-elected

FUNDS from the proposed partial sale of Western Power would be used by a re-elected State Government to build new specialist training centres at the existing Peel and Murdoch Tafe campuses.

The Peel campus project would include a new $18.4 million hospitality, tourism and events management centre.

Deputy Premier Lisa Harvey said it was a once-in-a-generation opportunity and the partial sale would bring older Tafes up to date and stimulate the economy.

She said the two projects, along with a new facility at Armadale, would create 1000 construction jobs and attract international students.

Small Business Minister Sean L’Estrange said along with the modern facilities, greater industry collaborations would be built to ensure students were graduating with contemporary skills employers were looking for.

However, Mandurah MLA David Templeman said the announcement was a little too late.

He said it was the Barnett Government that closed Mandurah’s Workforce Development Centre in 2014, and which only reopened following his (Mr Templeman’s) pressure in Parliament.

“Mandurah’s Youth Unemployment has continued to be one of the highest in the nation, yet the Liberal Government stood by for eight years and did nothing,” he said.

“Their promises are all conditional on the sale of Western Power.

“They want to sell off Government assets that make us money but once they are gone, they are gone forever.

“WA Labor has already announced we would rebuild the training system, increase training opportunities and develop strong partnerships through Tafe as the pre-eminent provider of vocational training.