TAFE planning to go ahead

TAFE planning to go ahead

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WA Premier Mark McGowan, WA Education Minister Sue Ellery and Member for Armadale Tony Buti with Armadale TAFE students following the announcement. Photograph — Aaron Van Rongen.

Armadale is another step closer to having a new $22.6 million TAFE campus after the state government appointed a Fremantle-based architectural firm to design the multi-storey build.

Armstrong Parkin Architects has been appointed to design South Metropolitan TAFE’s newest campus, which will provide industry relevant training and boost student capacity.

It is understood that site analysis is currently underway, with construction of the new campus anticipated to begin in December 2021.

In July, it was announced that the ageing facilities on Commerce Avenue would be replaced by a new consolidated campus on Church Avenue, which would generate more than 120 jobs and is address the region’s demand for vocational training programs that provide pathways to long-term employment.

With 12 secondary schools and significant population growth anticipated, WA Education Minister Sue Ellery said appropriate facilities and courses were required to accommodate the growing number of students seeking quality educational and training opportunities.

“This new state-of-the-art TAFE campus will deliver world-class learning opportunities in the heart of Armadale,” she said.

Member for Armadale Tony Buti, who has been lobbying for a new campus for more than a decade, said the project would create a vibrant community hub for Armadale and a first-class learning environment for its young people.