Building works have commenced at the Primary Industries Trade Training Centre on the Killarney Gap Road, Bingara. This Trade Training Centre is one of three which are to be built in Gwydir Shire.
The Federal Government has provided $2.9 million to construct new trade training facilities for Hospitality, Automotive and Primary Industries.
An Automotive Mechanical workshop will be built on land adjacent to Warialda High School. It will give Gwydir students (Bingara and Warialda and surrounding districts) an opportunity to pursue pathways to Certificate lll in Automotive Mechanical studies in a state-of-the-art facility.
Welding bays will also be installed into the facility to allow students and Gwydir residents to do welding courses, either as part of their Automotive courses, or as after hours interest courses.
The training will be delivered by TAFE New England or by Gwydir Shire Council employees who are qualified in this area.
At the Primary Industries Trade Training Centre students will have the opportunity to train in competencies leading to a Certificate lll in Primary Industries.
The facility will include a classroom, a multi-purpose break-out room, an office, a kitchen and wash-room facilities.
It will be equipped with the latest IT connected classroom equipment, as well as a wide variety of equipment required for farming and grazing activities.
Council has secured additional funding to construct a twenty four bed student dormitory on the site to allow visiting students to avail themselves of the facility. This is the building Council Staff are currently constructing.
A commercial standard kitchen will be built as an attachment to the Roxy Theatre in Bingara. Trainee chefs, pursuing a qualification in Certificate lll Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) will be able to train in this kitchen. The kitchen will also be a useful addition to the already existing catering facilities of the Roxy Café and will be available to provide catering facilities for community functions.
Mayor John Coulton stated, ‘The Council worked really hard too for the right to manage the three projects, and because of this our own Staff are building the accommodation block and the facilities will be available to the public and community groups to use. These facilities will be fantastic assets for our community and we are expanding our educational base and opportunities’.