THE NTCA were delighted with the recent announcement of $446,340 from the Building Better Regions Fund for the construction of a specialised training centre at the NTCA's Roe Creek site, on the outskirts of Alice Springs.
The training centre is set to become a valuable asset to community and industry and will include modern accommodation for up to 30 people, a full caterer's kitchen and dining room, outdoor barbecue and lawned area, fully equipped laundry and ambulant-access ablutions, along with a classroom-style training room.
Roe Creek will be a unique training location, as it provides access to land to conduct training activities. There is ample space to carry out practical on-the-job tasks, and simulate a real workplace routine.
The site is already equipped with an on-site workshop, cattle yards, horse arena, cattle, horses and motorbikes for use in training as well as a variety of common farm machinery. The NTCA anticipates the training centre will be utilised to up-skill a broad sector of the community, as it will be suited to rural and pastoral operations, shire council, mining and construction, community and correctional services programs, as well as school-based traineeship learning. Recommendations for other types of training are also welcomed by the NTCA.
It is expected the training facility will produce local employment opportunities and promote best practice and safety in the workplace. In central Australia there is a real need for a facility that caters to industry specific practical education and training requirements. Having access to well-equipped quality training in the region will assist in retaining existing residents and youth who are looking to further their career and education and help to make the region a more attractive place to do business. Additional benefits to sporting and social clubs are expected to come from the ability to use the facility for training camps and social days. Examples of this are campdrafting and pony clubs, which currently do not have a facility that offers yards for horses and cattle in a location that is also equipped with accommodation, laundry and kitchen facilities.
The Building Better Regions Fund is an Australian Government initiative designed to create jobs, drive economic growth and support strong regional communities. Round one of the funding received more than 500 applications and this was one of seven projects to obtain funding in the Northern Territory. Construction is expected to commence at the Roe Creek site before the end of the year with the facility being available for training early in 2018.
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