GippsTAFE unveils $7M training facilities

The new GippsTAFE campus officially opened today (7 June) by Senator David Feeney has been recognised as a true asset to the South Gippsland region and is on track to set the standard for similar future developments across Australia.

Minster for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall was also in attendance and spoke of the benefits of the new development for the provision of training and further education throughout the region.

Funding for the new GippsTAFE Leongatha project was supplied by the Australian Government under the major capital component of the National Training Infrastructure Program.

GippsTAFE Board President, Mr David Gittins, said the clever design and construction elements of the new $7 million campus achieved a 5 Star Green Star Education Design v1 rating, a first in Australia.

“This building features a state of the art design which is mindful of environmental implications. It also provides an excellent space for both staff and students. On both counts, this building delivers.”

GippsTAFE CEO, Dr Peter Whitley, said the end result was an outstanding achievement by the design and building team as well as the GippsTAFE staff who contributed to the design ideas.
 “One of the key elements of the campus is that it fits so well with the surrounding landscape and takes advantage of the beautiful countryside around Leongatha,” Dr Whitley added.

Located just five minutes from the centre of Leongatha, the new campus has purpose-built teaching spaces for nursing, aged care, disability, hairdressing and beauty, along with a state-of-the-art industry standard training kitchen and restaurant for Hospitality.

Wireless internet connectivity is available throughout the building and it boasts Smart screen technology, which enables what looks like normal white boards to be used for split screen video conferencing and digital presentations.

Key elements of the building’s design and operation have enabled it to meet the 5 Star rating criteria. These features include evaporative cooling and heat recovery fan coil units, which utilise a tempered, sub floor airspace to minimize energy use and strategically positioned wind scoops which increase the natural ventilation.

High performance glazing and shading devices reduce heat gain and glare through glass areas, motion and daylight sensors help to reduce lighting in unoccupied or naturally lit areas and rainwater is also collected and treated for reuse.

GippsTAFE looks forward to holding a community open day on Wednesday the 22nd of June (2pm – 6pm) as an opportunity for the local community to see what a magnificent new facility we now have in this region. Keep an eye out for more information on this event.