Locals from Murwillimbah will soon have access to a broader range of TAFE courses with the new TAFE Connected Learning Centre nearing completion and set to open to later this month.

Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall, NSW Nationals candidate for Lismore Austin Curtin and Member for Lismore Thomas George today visited the site of the new state-of-the-art TAFE Connected Learning Centre.

Mr Curtin announced construction of the multi-million dollar facility is near completion, and once opened, will significantly expand the number of courses available to students and increase their access to teachers and support services.

“It’s great to see this next generation TAFE NSW facility being delivered here in Murwillumbah. Once open, the new Connected Learning Centre will enable local students to get the skills they need to get a job, without having to travel to larger regional towns,” Mr Curtin said.

“The new $5 million facility will allow students to tap into TAFE’s state-wide network of courses and teachers in order to expand what is currently on offer at Murwillimbah TAFE.

“Similar facilities across the State have more than doubled the amount of courses available to students and I think we can expect to see similar positive results here in Murwillumbah.”

Mr George said the significant investment in Murwillumbah TAFE would deliver real benefits to the local community.

“The NSW Nationals know that expanding education and training opportunities is critical to the wellbeing of our regional communities and that’s what we’re seeing right here at Murwillimbah TAFE,” Mr George said.

“This new TAFE facility is going to allow more students to study more courses and to do so right in their hometown. It’s terrific news for the local community.”

Mr Marshall said the new facility would allow more students in the areas to benefit from the recent announcement that the NSW Nationals will deliver 700,000 free TAFE courses over the next four years.

“As a Government we are delivering more free TAFE courses and building more TAFE facilities so our communities in regional NSW can complete the education they need to get a job and get ahead,” Mr Marshall said.

“We are the party of free TAFE and will deliver more free courses faster. Labor is only promising 600,000 free courses over a decade, while we will deliver 700,000 free TAFE courses over four years.”