GLR ready to seek $3 million Federal funding

December 24, 2008

The GLR secondary schools of Bingara Central and Warialda High are seeking approval to apply for Federal Government funding to develop a trade training centre within the learning region.

In recent months the principals of the two schools , Mr Phil Steer and Mr Bob Johnston, have worked closely with Mr Max Eastcott, the general manager of Gwydir Shire, along with representatives from TAFE and the Department of Education to complete the first stage of the application. The incoming Principal at Bingara Central School, Mr Mark Vale, has also been actively involved in the process.

If successful the GLR has the potential to receive $3,000,000 in funding to support the development of a Trade Training facility in the local region.

Extensive research has identified the training areas for development as being : Automotive , Hospitality & Primary Industries. A successful funding application would see the automotive workshop currently used for training in Warialda redeveloped to enable the delivery of trade training to the Cert III levels.

Hospitality facilities in both schools would be upgraded to improve training opportunities in the area of commercial cookery and associated courses. In addition an innovative hospitality training and assessment facility is planned for Bingara through the redevelopment of the Roxy Theatre complex. This facility would not only benefit training in the GLR but support training in neighbouring communities.

A purpose built Primary Industries centre is proposed for Bingara offering a range of training pathways with a focus on sustainable practice and emerging agricultural activities.

This facility would be supported via an upgrade of the agricultural plots at both schools.

If approval is given for the full application to occur it will need to be completed in the first half of 2009. Strong community support will be vital at this stage through a commitment in areas such as :- work experience, traineeships and apprenticeships.

Mr Max Eastcott, chair of the GLR committee, feels "this is an excellent opportunity to expand the operation of the learning region and looks forward to working productively with the secondary schools to enhance the learning opportunities of shire residents".