Bendigo’s brand new Food and Fibre Centre of Excellence was officially opened today by Bendigo MPs Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards.
Built with a $7.8 million investment from the Andrews Labor Government, the state-of-the-art facility will deliver high-quality Food and Fibre education and training both locally and internationally.
From that funding, $6.7 million was used on the capital works with the remaining $1.1 million going towards a course refresh to meet emerging demand.
The Food and Fibre Centre of Excellence will provide vocational training and industry support across six key areas:
- food production (agriculture)
- fibre production (wool classing)
- animals (vet nursing, companion animals, animal studies)
- plants and landscapes (horticulture and landscaping)
- environment and natural resource management (conservation and land management)
- related applied sciences (laboratory operations, farm chemicals)
These purpose built facilities include a live working vet clinic and surgery, horticulture and landscaping teaching facility, flexible teaching and learning spaces, teaching and research laboratories, a wool and fibre production area and a designated student hub for study, collaboration and relaxation.
All of which incorporate the latest in industry-standard equipment and interactive technology, in a flexible and open layout that can be easily adapted to suit different training needs.
Designed to with a focus on real-world, hands on training in animals, plants and sciences that represents industry, the centre is set to enhance not just what Bendigo TAFE deliver, but how it is delivered.
The Centre will strengthen relationships with industry to deliver excellent outcomes for students, and local and regional employers.
Victoria is Australia’s largest producer and exporter of food and fibre products. The sector employs over 190,000 people across the state, accounts for 4.9 per cent of Gross State Product, and approximately half of the state’s total goods exports.
Through Skills First, the Victorian Government is investing to rebuild the state’s TAFE network to ensure all Victorians have access to industry-standard training that gives them the skills they need to secure rewarding, well-paid jobs.
Since coming to office, the Andrews Labor Government has invested an additional $750 million in TAFE infrastructure, equipment and programs.
Quotes attributable to the Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan
“The Andrews Labor Government is proud to be investing in TAFE Institutes to ensure they can deliver the real skills their local communities and industries need to thrive.”
Quotes attributable to the Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards
“This is a fantastic new facility for Bendigo providing students with greater access to more courses, modern equipment and stronger links to industry and employers.