The NSW Government today announced its proposal to investigate building a new, state-of-the-art TAFE NSW campus in the heart of Gosford CBD.
The proposal will see a new campus built as part of the Central Coast Education and Employment Precinct, which is an election commitment of the NSW Liberals, and will support the creation of 1,000 local jobs and up to 3,000 tertiary and vocational education opportunities.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said the NSW Government is championing the state’s growth by developing education and industry precincts.
“The growth, innovation and evolution of the Central Coast Education and Employment Precinct will underpin the economy of the area as well as provide greater access to jobs, goods and services,” Mr Perrottet said.
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said this was another example of how the NSW Government is supporting skills training across the State.
“A business case is being developed for this very exciting initiative to build brand new facilities to help meet the current and future skills needs of the Central Coast,” Dr Lee said.
“The proposed state-of-the-art campus would be located in the heart of Gosford as part the reinvigoration of the city, and will provide greater access to TAFE NSW training.”
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the new campus will be conveniently located on Mann Street in the heart of Gosford to give students and employers local access to world-class learning opportunities.
“The proposed multi-million dollar revitalisation demonstrates the NSW Government’s support for skills and jobs across regional NSW and will supercharge vocational education and training in the Central Coast through increased access to teachers, support services, and the latest learning technologies,” Mr Crouch said.
The proposed vertical campus will be located close to retail businesses and local public transport. The proposal will also integrate TAFE NSW with the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, providing them with a permanent home and secure future.
“This proposed campus will play a central role in educating and training the current and future workforce on the Central Coast and support its growth as a major centre for education in NSW.”
Landcom CEO John Brogden said the proposed vertical TAFE campus would free up land for redevelopment that will act as the catalyst for the renewal of the Gosford CBD.
“Landcom has a proud history of developing sites throughout NSW which are synonymous with quality, affordability, and sustainability which we will replicate here in Gosford,” Mr. Brogden said.
“This site provides the potential for delivery of high-quality housing targeting more affordable ownership and rental with excellent access to facilities and transport in the Gosford CBD.”
The business case forms a key part of ensuring a strong, sustainable, and future-proofed TAFE NSW that can meet NSW's training needs by ensuring it is equipped with the right facilities and equipment to do the job.
Architectural renderings are available here.