Site revealed for construction of new TAFE connected centre


The derelict site of the former Catholic Presbytery is set to get a facelift with the site
earmarked for the construction of Cobar’s new TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre. Building is set to commence next year.

Students in Cobar will soon have access to modern digitally-enabled technologies including simulations and virtual reality experiences with the construction of a new TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre (CLC).

The project was put into motion by the NSW Government last year with the new CLC to complement and add value to TAFE NSW’s existing campus facilities in Bathurst Street.

A NSW TAFE spokesperson said they had acquired the additional land to accommodate a further potential investment to bolster their trades training capacity.

Nationals Upper House MP Sam Farraway said Cobar’s new CLC will be conveniently located in Prince Street (on the former Catholic Presbytery site) and will provide students and employers with greater choice and better access to world-class learning opportunities locally.

“The new state-of-the-art facility will be located in the heart of Cobar and will no doubt play a central role in educating and training our community’s workforce and supporting the growth of our unique community,” Mr Farraway said.

The location of the new centre is in close proximity to community amenities, local schools and employers.

“By leveraging TAFE NSW’s state-wide network of campuses and courses, the new CLC will significantly expand educational opportunities in the area, beyond what is currently offered at the existing TAFE NSW campus in Cobar,” he said.

The CLC will offer students a wider range of choices, more accessible, practical training, and flexible learning with better access to teachers and support services.

Mr Farraway said the CLC demonstrates the NSW Government’s support for skills and jobs across regional NSW.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the new facility would greatly expand the availability of education and training in the local community.

“The NSW Government is committed to providing the skills and training needed to support regional communities across the state,” Mr Lee said.

“Across the first group of CLCs delivered, twice as many courses are now available to local students and I look forward to seeing the Cobar CLC similarly open up new education and training opportunities.”

CLCs are one of the key initiatives of the NSW Government’s One TAFE reforms which will enable TAFE NSW to deliver modern, flexible and industry relevant training across regional NSW.

Construction of the TAFE NSW Cobar Connected Learning Centre is scheduled to commence in early 2021.