Challenger expansion underway

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 of 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’ve got 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 that 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,” he said.