MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:44:45): I wish to update the house on capital works in the TAFE sector. Recently I joined the Premier, along with the member for Frankston, Paul Edbrooke, the member for Mordialloc, Tim Richardson, and the member for Nepean, Chris Brayne, at Chisholm lnstitute’s Frankston campus to officially open stage 1 of their $151 million campus redevelopment. The $83.2 million stage 1 works include new facilities for health and wellbeing, community care and early childhood education; a student hub and innovative teaching and learning space; and the redevelopment of trades facilities and a new centre for advanced manufacturing. These facilities are truly first class. Who would have thought five years ago that Chisholm Frankston would have dental chairs that budding dental assistants could learn their craft with, or an industry-driven, purpose-built, flexible, integrated centre where students right now are training to get the jobs this government is creating through our record infrastructure investment. Chisholm Frankston is absolutely buzzing with excitement, and that is because TAFE students and staff from Frankston and surrounding communities now have access to state-of-the-art training facilities that they can be proud of. They know that if they want access to high-quality training with industry links, their local TAFE will deliver it. They also know that this new campus and its training facilities are absolutely cutting-edge. But most importantly, they know that training at this facility, with its connections with local industry, will lead them to a job, and that is because this government is not only investing in new TAFE facilities across the state but it is investing in a new TAFE system, a TAFE system that provides quality training that is aligned to jobs—jobs that are building our state and caring for our community. Congratulations to everyone involved, particularly the staff and students at Chisholm Frankston.
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