A new campus to make education more accessible in Benalla
GOTAFE is proud to reinforce its commitment to Benalla and provide more accessible education for the whole community, and therefore has made the decision to relocate to a new campus in the heart of town.
The $1.6 million investment will deliver a new campus redefining vocational education delivery in Benalla, featuring contemporary learning spaces, modern technology, collaborative workspaces, engaging open-flow classrooms and improved accessibility.
The investment will also create new jobs in construction, increase capacity for training and ongoing employment, and provide opportunities for over 300 students each year.
The move into the CBD will improve engagement with the local community and industries and provide greater flexibility for education delivery. The new campus will enable GOTAFE to deliver a variety of high-priority courses that meet industry requirements and align with job demand in North-East Victoria.
"The new CBD campus location will provide easy access to public transport, parking, food, shopping and services for our staff and students. The new campus will provide a much richer student experience and better learning outcomes."
GOTAFE is proud to be working with the Benalla Rural City Council and other local service providers to ensure that the campus will be an inclusive and supportive collaboration hub for all the community.
"I welcome GOTAFE’s move to the CBD. This move will not only benefit the students but also the businesses in the CBD, bringing increased economic activity and lifting the profile of GOTAFE in our region."
GOTAFE is working with the Australian Christian College to optimise the use of the Samaria Road campus and provide further education resources to Benalla.
David Fyfe, Group CEO Christian Education Ministries said “Once we receive regulatory approval, we’re excited by the opportunity to relocate our school into the Samaria Road campus. Recent growth in student numbers means we are quickly outgrowing our current site, and the GOTAFE site has become available at the ideal time for our school community”.
“Having received registration approval from the VRQA, we introduced Year 7 last year and the school has experienced considerable growth. We expect this growth to continue as we open up high school year levels to Year 10 and perhaps beyond in subsequent years. The GOTAFE site will allow us to grow a sizable secondary school to the benefit of the Benalla community moving forward,” Mr Fyfe said.
GOTAFE will engage with the community and industry about the new campus and the future of education delivery in Benalla. GOTAFE will be holding community drop-in sessions on Wednesday, 2nd November.Find out more about the Benalla Campus Relocation