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TAFE South Australia embraces $15 million dollar upgrade.

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TAFE South Australia embraces $15 million dollar upgrade

10 April 2007

A major redevelopment including new bio-innovation laboratories, new veterinary surgery, animal enclosures, animal pathology facilities, educator’s accommodation and new lecture theatres, providing students with a state-of-the-art facility has given a big boost to training in Adelaide’s North.

The Minister for Vocational and Further Education, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, today officially opened the redeveloped facilities at TAFE South Australia’s Gilles Plains campus.

The project, a joint venture between the Australian Government and the South Australian Government, has allowed for an upgrade to the Veterinary and Applied Science Centre.

“Gilles Plains’ campus is now better equipped than ever to provide its students with access to training in Applied Sciences, Biotechnology, Veterinary Nursing and Animal industries in South Australia,” Mr Robb said.

Australian Government funding of $10 million is through the Commonwealth-State Agreement for Skilling Australia’s Workforce. The infrastructure funding is provided to establish and develop training facilities.

“This Campus is a great example of the federal governments efforts to see that vocational and trade training is as prized as a university degree.” Mr Robb said.

The Australian Government is delivering a range of initiatives between 2006 and 2009 as part of its $11.4 billion investment in Australia’s future - the largest commitment to vocational education and training by any government in Australia’s history.

Media Contacts: Minister Robb’s Office: Andrew Coombe 0438 777 145 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Media Unit 02 6240 7300 Non-media queries: 1300 363 079