TAFE on track for 2022

David Braithwaite

THE new TAFE Gippsland campus near the Port of Sale should be operational in 2022.

Wellington Shire Council chief executive David Morcom has provided an update to council on the $25 million development.

The planning and design phase is scheduled to be completed by May, with construction contracts to be awarded in September.

The completion of works is due at the end of 2021.

The relocation from Fulham will be complete in January 2022, when the facility will become operational.

Most of the courses currently offered at the Fulham campus, including engineering, carpentry and automotive trade training, early childhood education and care and hair and beauty, will be moved to the new facility.

Some specialised training, such as aviation, will remain at Fulham to service the needs of the aviation industry at West Sale Airport and to support major capital investment by council.

Through the new campus, health-related courses will be added to the options available in Wellington Shire.

A consultation process in Wellington Shire identified the community’s skills and vocational education and training needs, the information guiding architects at GHD Woodhead in their campus design work.

Mr Morcom will arrange a meeting between council and TAFE Gippsland chief executive Grant Radford to provide a further update.

Councillor Darren McCubbin said council was pleased progress was being made on the new campus. “We certainly anticipate something happening shortly, and I look forward also, as the CEO has indicated, that we’ll have a chance to talk to Grant and talk this through with him with more detail,” Cr McCubbin said.

“Rest assured, council is very much engaged with this process with the TAFE.

“We consider this a very important development, and certainly we’ll be ensuring the TAFE and state government are held to account in providing for our students and staff in the future.”

TAFE Gippsland’s Gtec campus, which serves VCAL students on Cobains Rd, Sale, and Flexible Learning Centre, in Sale’s central business district, will be retained and expanded to meet the growth in TAFE training locally.

In 2018, it was announced construction was expected to begin early 2019, with completion later that year or early 2020.

In July of 2019, a TAFE Gippsland spokesperson said the facility was “on track” for classes to begin in 2022.