New Esperance campus provides first-class facilities

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery visited South Regional TAFE's Esperance campus to officially open the new facility on 26 August.

The $18.69 million campus will be a major boost for the region, offering industry-ready training to the Esperance community.

Construction was completed in time for the multi-million-dollar facility to be used by students in July, at the start of Semester 2.

The new buildings include three trade workshops for training in construction, metal engineering and automotive, as well as specialist facilities for childcare and aged and disability care.

Strategically located next to Esperance Senior High School, the new campus will provide easy access for secondary students completing vocational education and training (VET) in school programs. 

In the replacement of the 35-year-old former campus, approximately 200 full time jobs were created during construction, which was completed by Western Australia's EMCO Building.

Local Aboriginal organisation Tjaltjraak was consulted throughout the design process and was instrumental in identifying training needs, areas of cultural significance and landscape design, as well as providing public art.

The project was supported by a $10 million Royalties for Regions contribution.