Local Kimberley architect to design new $10 million training centre to assist job creation in Broome

  • Broome architect appointed for North Regional TAFE’s new training centre
  • Centre will deliver training in hospitality, tourism, hair and beauty
  • Project is part of largest TAFE capital works program in WA history, creating more than 1,000 jobs
  • Construction anticipated to start in August 2021 and create local jobs
  • Part of $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan to guide WA through COVID-19 recovery 
  • Engawa Architects has been selected to design a new $10 million training centre at North Regional TAFE’s (NR TAFE) Broome campus.

    The Broome-based architectural firm will design two state-of-the-art buildings; one to deliver training in hospitality and tourism, the second for qualifications in hair and beauty.

    The major campus upgrade will support the Kimberley’s extensive hospitality and tourism industry, with a strong focus on supporting Aboriginal businesses and creating local jobs in the process.

    An outdoor meeting place will link the two buildings, with an extension of the campus’ administration building also included in the scope of works, to provide additional space for student and corporate services.

    The new training centre for Broome was announced in July 2020 as part of the WA Recovery Plan, which will see a record $167.4 million invested in upgrades to essential infrastructure across Western Australia’s five TAFE colleges which will also create jobs in the construction industry.

    Engawa Architects is highly experienced in the field of educational architecture. Recent projects include Broome North Primary School, a new automotive workshop at NR TAFE’s Halls Creek campus and the Trade Skills Centre in Balgo.

    Site analysis at the Broome campus is underway with construction anticipated to start in August 2021.

    As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

    “It’s great to see a local architect designing a project that will deliver world-class training facilities for Broome’s young people and support the region’s vital hospitality and tourism industries.

    “This $10 million project is part of the McGowan Government’s WA Recovery Plan to drive economic and social recovery, and create jobs for Western Australians.”

    As stated by Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer:

    “The new training centre in Broome will be fantastic not only for the Broome community but the wider Kimberley region by offering meaningful training opportunities for people in the region who want jobs in the local hospitality, tourism, hair and beauty industries.

    “The opportunity for young and old to get training to find jobs or reach training goals, without leaving the region, is also a major step towards the possibility of starting their own small business.

    “I am thrilled the McGowan Government is investing heavily into the future of people in the Kimberley region.”

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