Premier Mark McGowan visited North Regional TAFE’s Broome campus on Sunday, to turn the first sod on the new $11.6 million Hospitality and Student Services Centre.
Construction will be carried out by local Broome building company H&M Tracey, with the project consisting of two state-of-the-art buildings; one for hospitality and tourism, the second for hair and beauty training. Designed locally by Engawa Architects, the buildings will be linked by an outdoor meeting place, and among the many highlights will be a live works training restaurant and alfresco café, providing a welcome boost to hospitality and tourism training.
The redevelopment will also facilitate industry-standard practice in hair and beauty with dedicated spaces for simulated training, as well as additional space for student and corporate services.
Both the hospitality and hair and beauty industries are vital to the region’s peak tourism season, and the new facilities will help deliver more skilled workers for Broome and the Kimberley. Construction is expected to be completed in July 2022.
Premier Mark McGowan said “The new state-of-the-art facilities at TAFE colleges across the State are a key component of the WA Recovery Plan, creating world-class learning opportunities for students and boosting the WA economy. The major upgrades at the Broome campus will provide the Kimberley region with the skilled workers it needs, especially during the peak tourism season."
“The $11.6 million investment at North Regional TAFE’s Broome campus is another example of the Government’s commitment to providing first-class learning environments to Western Australians. This project will produce job-ready workers, as well as create jobs for local workers," added Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery.