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CQUniversity Trades Training Centre on track for end-of-year completion

Published:09 October 2019

CQUniversity Associate Vice-Chancellor Gladstone Region Professor Owen Nevin with local Member for Flynn MP Ken O’Dowd

Construction on CQUniversity’s new Trades Training Centre at the Gladstone Marina Campus is on track for completion by the end of 2019.

Associate Vice-Chancellor Gladstone Region Professor Owen Nevin said all stages of the structural steel installation works including purlins, roofing and wall sheeting had been completed.

“The main carpark and driveways are also completed and inside much of the internal wall sheeting, tiling and framing are done,” Professor Nevin said.

“Over the next few weeks work will mainly focus on fitting out the internal facilities, internal plumbing, installing lights, duct work, flooring and roof fans.

“Visually, the buildings blend well with the architecture of the other CQUniversity Gladstone Marina Campus buildings, whilst inside the designs provide an excellent fit-for-purpose environment for our students.”

Professor Nevin said he was very much looking forward to the facility being completed and to officially open the Trades Training Centre.

Once completed, the $12.5 million facility will accommodate the delivery of vocational trades training in the region with workshop rooms, teaching spaces and a hair and beauty salon.

“The new facility will revolutionise the delivery of education, training and research in the region by allowing CQUniversity to deliver all of its offerings from the one central location.” 

Local Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd who helped secure the funding for the facility, said the Centre would benefit communities in Gladstone and surrounding regions.

“The progress that has been made since the beginning of the year is impressive. It is great to see they are on track to finish by the end on 2019,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“The new facilities will provide the necessary training for undergraduate and postgraduate students to further their training here in Gladstone without having to move to capital cities.

“It will help the University to deliver courses that are accessible to local students. I believe in training locals for local jobs. This is especially important in rural areas like the Gladstone area and this will enhance a fuller community engagement in Gladstone.

“The new Trades Training Facility is being funded by a $10 million Australian Government grant with CQUniversity also investing $2.5 million,” Mr O’Dowd said.