Accommodation now available in Townsville for North Queensland trade students

Media Release


08 December 2015

Joint release with:

Ewen Jones

Federal Member for Herbert

Trade school students at Tec-NQ are set to benefit as North Queensland's first and only trades-based boarding facility, the Regional Training Accommodation Facility officially opened today in Townsville.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the new residences were funded under the Community Development Grants Programme.

“The Australian Government provided $2 million towards the project with Tec-NQ contributing over $1 million,” Mr McCormack said. 

“The Australian Government is continuing to deliver on its election commitment to fund infrastructure upgrades across Australia which will have a long term positive impact on the social and economic infrastructure of communities.

“Locally, 70 jobs were created during the construction phase of the project, with up to 10 ongoing jobs created as a result of the project.”

Federal Member for Herbert Mr Ewen Jones who unveiled the plaque at the opening today, said that access to the new accommodation would assist students from rural and regional Queensland undertake trades-based education programmes.

“It was a priority of this facility to provide affordable accommodation for Tec-NQ students from across the region, and in particular, Northwest Queensland,” Mr Jones said.

“The facility will allow students from regional centres to undertake short term training without having to worry about accommodation options while they are in Townsville.

“Demand for Tec-NQ's training services is increasing in line with regional population growth. The provision of low-cost student accommodation will enhance the attainability of technical and vocational training for regional Queensland students.

“The new accommodation facility, which was once a motel, includes 27 fully renovated rooms, a dining room and kitchen and full security services including cameras, fencing and security gates.”

The project began in September 2014 and was completed in October 2015.

The Community Development Grants Programme is administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

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