Coomera TAFE construction nears completion
Monday, 28 February 2011
Queensland's newest TAFE campus at Coomera is nearing completion and is expected to open in April.
Employment, Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe toured the construction site for the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE's Coomera campus today with Member for Albert Margaret Keech.
Ms Keech said that when finished, the $26 million campus would be a state of the art facility and help provide the Gold Coast's well respected film and television industry with skilled workers.
"Here in Coomera, we have one of the southern hemisphere's most advanced clusters of film and interactive media services," Ms Keech said.
"Customers from right across Queensland and right across Australia know they can get media services from businesses established in our local area.
"They serve a range of customer with services like pre and post production, visual effects, animation, set construction, model making and special effects."
Ms Keech said the facility would meet the needs of the local industry well with seven recording studios, wet and dry drawing studios, state of the art computer laboratories and motion capturing capabilities for 3D animation as used in films like Avatar.
Local industries will be able to use resources like theatres, digital editing suites and rehearsal studios as well as a natural amphitheatre.
"This is good news for the Gold Coast and means more skilled workers will be able to access job opportunities being created in our local area," Ms Keech said.
Mr Hinchliffe said Gold Coast Institute of TAFE would encourage members of the community to use available facilities and Lightbulb Community Education would also operate from the campus.
"The entire development is in line with the goals of Toward Q2 as well as local industry needs and the Gold Coast City Council's Pacific Innovation Corridor plan," Mr Hinchliffe said.
"This is an exciting and innovative facility that will help both students and local industry."
Mr Hinchliffe said community members, industry partners and about 600 TAFE students are expected to start using the complex in April.
Courses will focus on creative industries, information technology and computer based construction and engineering.
For more information about courses offered through the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE, visit www.goldcoast.tafe.qld.gov.au or telephone 5581 8200.