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CQUniversity Gladstone Marina campus facilities officially opened

Published:20 February 2020

CQUni Chancellor John Abbott AM, Pro Vice-Chancellor Vocational Education and Training Peter Heilbuth, MP Ken O’Dowd, CQUni Gladstone Campus Associate Vice-Chancellor Owen Nevin and CQUni Vice-Chancellor and President Nick Klomp officially open the Gladstone Trades Training Centre.

CQUniversity has today officially opened its new Trades Training Centre at the Gladstone Marina Campus.

Funded by a $10 million Australian Government grant with CQUniversity also investing $2.5 million, the official opening marked an important milestone for the University and the local community.

CQUniversity Chancellor John Abbott AM and Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Nick Klomp were joined by Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd MP to officially open the facilities.

“CQUniversity is proud to have officially opened this fantastic facility at Gladstone’s Marina campus today,” Mr Abbott said.

“This new building 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.”

The $12.5 million Trades Training Centre will accommodate the delivery of vocational trades training in the region with workshop rooms, teaching spaces and the new Hair and Beauty Training Salon.

Federal Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd MP, who secured $10 million in federal the funding for the facility, emphasised how the Centre would benefit communities in Gladstone and surrounding regions.

By providing the necessary training for undergraduate and postgraduate students in Gladstone, the centre will help to prevent them having to move to capital cities.

“The state-of-the-art facility has finally come to fruition,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“Not only will it house many trades and be able to train locals to do local jobs, the new facility will also have the ability to attract new workers to the area, helping address the skills shortage,” he said.

“This is just another example of why Central Queensland, and Gladstone in a particular, is leading the way for regional towns all over the country.”

CQUniversity today also opened its new Aged Care Training Room, which is proudly supported by the Gladstone Foundation.

Gladstone Foundation contributed $500 000 towards the provision of health and aged care training facilities, which were officially opened by Independent Chair Tim Griffin OAM.

“This state-of-the-art revitalised health and aged care social infrastructure facility will aid in training allied health professionals to service the needs of the Gladstone community via funding support from the Gladstone Foundation's LNG Corporate Partners,” Mr Griffin said.

Located in Building 604, the training space, fully funded through the Foundation’s grant, includes four treatment beds and will predominantly be used by students enrolled in CQUniversity’s Certificate III in Individual Support.