Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke welcomed Minister responsible for TAFE Adam Marshall to West Wyalong today to inspect the local campus.

The visit came in response to representation by Ms Cooke requesting West Wyalong be strongly considered as the site for a new Connected Learning Centre (CLC).

“I wrote to Minister Marshall last year requesting consideration of a new CLC for the exceptional staff and students at West Wyalong TAFE,” Ms Cooke said.

“I’m grateful the Minister has taken this opportunity to come and see for himself what a great candidate West Wyalong is for this game-changing infrastructure.”

The Cootamundra electorate has benefited from a new $10.7 million TAFE in Young, and the construction of $4 million CLCs in both Narrandera and Grenfell in the last 12 months. The Grenfell CLC was opened earlier today.

Students at the digitally-powered CLCs connect into TAFE NSW’s state-wide network of campuses and courses, allowing them to study a broader range of courses without being forced to travel.

“Having seen the success of the CLC in Narrandera and the paths it opened up for so many students, I believe West Wyalong is the perfect location for one of these great educational assets,” Ms Cooke said.

“I will continue to lobby for this community so we can broaden the range of courses locals have access to and make picking up a trade or furthering vocational education accessible to some of the most remote students in my electorate.”

Minister Marshall said he was actively considering the proposal.