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Friday, 22 September 2017

BENDIGO’S NEW FOOD AND FIBRE CENTRE TAKES SHAPE

Bendigo TAFE’s brand new Food and Fibre Centre of Excellence is taking shape.

Minister for Major Projects Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan, and Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards, today toured the centre, currently under construction at the Charleston Road campus.

A $7.8 million election commitment from the Andrews Labor Government’s TAFE Rescue Fund, the centre will provide vocational training and industry support across six key areas:

  • Food production (agriculture)
  • Fibre production (wool classing)
  • Animals (vet nursing, companion animals and animal studies)
  • Plants and landscapes (horticulture and landscaping)
  • Environment and natural resource management (conservation and land management)
  • Related applied sciences (laboratory operations and farm chemicals)

The Food and Fibre Centre of Excellence will include a conference centre, a vet clinic, an undercover training facility, a horticulture and landscaping area, teaching and research laboratories, and a wool and fibre production area.

The centre’s main base will be at the Charleston Road campus, with additional refurbished facilities at BKI’s Broadmeadows campus.

Victoria is Australia’s largest producer and exporter of food and fibre products. The sector employs over 190,000 people across the state and accounts for about half of the state’s total goods exported.

The Labor Government is supporting food as a priority sector through the Future Industries Fund, with key initiatives underway, including the $20 million Food Source Victoria program and the new Murray Basin Rail project.

Construction of the Food and Fibre Centre of Excellence commenced in July 2017 and it is expected to be completed by March 2018.

BKI’s other significant capital works project in Bendigo - the $17.7 million Centre of Excellence in Health and Community Services at the McCrae Street campus – is on track for opening in February 2018.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Major Projects and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“Our investment in the Food and Fibre Centre of Excellence will give Bendigo TAFE students even greater access to more courses, modern equipment and stronger links to industry and employers.”

Quotes attributable to Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards

“The new Centre of Excellence in Health and Community Services, and Food and Fibre Centre of Excellence, are helping strengthen Bendigo’s reputation for excellence in higher education.”

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