Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced that the West Wyalong Connected Learning Centre (CLC), promised during the election, will be located onsite at the existing TAFE campus on Wootten Street.

Ms Cooke said yesterday the West Wyalong CLC delivers on the Government’s commitment to deliver the skills and training needed to support local economies across NSW, including in West Wyalong. 

“The NSW Government is investing in TAFE NSW to grow as a world-class, innovative and flexible public education provider that can deliver the skills needed in local communities,” Ms Cooke said.

“These new modern campuses known as Connected Learning Centres provide local students access to a wide range of learning and course options, so students can get the skills they need for the job they want.

“It’s so important for people to be able to learn new skills without having to travel long distances, because that can be a barrier for entry for prospective students.

“I’ve seen the benefits that can be delivered by these new training facilities elsewhere in the electorate, at both Narrandera and Grenfell.

“That’s why I fought so hard to secure a commitment from the NSW Government to provide funding for a Connected Learning Centre here in West Wyalong. I’m pleased to say the 2019/20 NSW Budget delivers just that.”

Ms Cooke said the planning stages for the West Wyalong CLC would be part of the $4 million allocated this financial year, as part of a broader $61.7 million investment to construct eight new Connected Learning Centres announced in the recent Budget.

Ms Cooke also confirmed that the West Wyalong CLC would be the first of the eight new connected learning centres to be delivered, with construction to commence in mid-2020 and opened by mid-2021.

“I’m pleased to see that the West Wyalong CLC has been prioritised so that our community can benefit from these new facilities as soon as possible,” Ms Cooke said.

Further information on the Connected Learning Centres can be found by visiting the TAFE website at: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/clc