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Top Australian farming school wins $5.5 million upgrade

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Senator the Hon Jacinta Collins

Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations 14 October, 2010

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Top Australian Farming School Wins $5.5 Million Upgrade

Thousands of agricultural students at one of Australia’s top farming schools will benefit from new facilities thanks to a $5.5 million upgrade funded by the Federal Government.

Tocal College, 180kms north of Sydney, provides agricultural training with students gaining practical experience on farms that run up to 1500 beef cattle, over 100 Australian stock horses, 200 dairy cows and 300 sheep for prime lamb and wool production.

The 45-year-old college received $5.5 million from the Government’s Education Investment Fund (EIF) which funds infrastructure projects in education and research institutions.

Senator Jacinta Collins, Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations, today opened the new and refurbished facilities at the CB Alexander Campus near Newcastle. Senator Collins praised the modern facilities including kitchens, accommodation, farm buildings and teaching spaces.

“The Federal Government is delighted to support a school that is training Australia’s farmers and future agricultural leaders,” Senator Collins said.

“The agricultural sector is vital to Australia’s economy and we want to support schools like Tocal College to provide the highest quality training. I am impressed that Tocal College had almost 7500 participants doing 550 short courses in 2007. Furthermore, the school had 125 graduates in 2008.”

More than $4 billion has already been committed in EIF funding while a new round of up to $500 million, specifically for universities and TAFEs in regional Australia, has just been announced. The EIF is a $6 billion fund.

“This is a substantial investment in education and research facilities to give Australians the skills and training to secure jobs,” Senator Collins said.

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