The next generation of farmers and rural workers in western Victoria will soon have access to upgraded learning and accommodation facilities so they can learn locally, thanks to a $2m funding boost from the Victorian Government for Longerenong Agricultural College.
Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney today visited the college, located near Horsham, to announce the funding, which will pay for essential upgrades.
It will allow Longerenong College to re-furbish an agri-business centre that includes student classrooms, an auditorium, a computer laboratory, and a student resource centre. The money will also be used to upgrade Longerenong’s engineering centre and student amenities to create one multi-functional facility.
The funding for Longerenong College was part of a wider announcement by Minister Tierney of $6 million in funding for agricultural colleges as part of the Growing Victoria agricultural industry initiative, with the University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus and South West TAFE’s Glenormiston campus also receiving $2 million each.
University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus will upgrade its laboratories and a student dormitory, with the University funding the upgrade of its animal handling facilities.
The Department of Education and Training will work with South West TAFE to determine priority upgrade works for the Glenormiston campus to create a vibrant and sustainable regional training facility.
The demand for skilled workers will increase as our economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. That’s why the Victorian Government is investing in sustainable skills development to support the agricultural sector.
The $6 million boost is part of the Victorian Government’s brand-new $2.6 billion Delivering for Regional and Rural Victorians Program, ensuring that every community and every corner of our state shares in Victoria’s success, while also creating 4,500 jobs.
Quotes Attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney
“We know that getting a great education shouldn’t have to mean moving from regional Victoria to the city - that’s why we’re upgrading student accommodation and learning facilities at agriculture colleges.”
“We’re supporting our agriculture industry in western Victoria by growing local jobs and delivering the tools to ensure we continue to lead the country – this is the next step.”