Goulburn could be set for an education revolution with senior government figures earmarking the city to become a 'hub' post-COVID.
NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee and Goulburn MP Wendy Tuckerman were on site at Goulburn TAFE on Wednesday to announce a $1.8 million investment.
Automotive equipment, including an electric vehicle and 25-tonne loader, are part of the package alongside classroom technology and virtually-enabled teaching and learning spaces.
Mr Lee said he saw Goulburn becoming an epicentre for regional learning.
"Goulburn is one of those larger regional towns that we see as growing and it's got a big future to play in the TAFE network," he told the Post.
"Goulburn will be one of those towns that I see as a future satellite in terms of concentration of services, especially on a campus like this that is beautiful and well equipped to expand."
"What was seen through COVID was that regional hubs are attracting more and more students and growing in demand in terms of skill requirements for critical industries like agriculture, manufacturing, early childhood and aged care."
Local member Wendy Tuckerman said it was essential for the region to not be dependent on cities for services and encourage local study.
"Being so close to Canberra, that has been difficult in the past, but we need to start focusing on what we're doing in regional areas," she said.
"I think that's been highlighted during COVID certainly in regards to health, we have to be self-sustaining. It keeps kids in the district as well."
The automotive equipment purchased includes a 25-tonne loader as well as an electric Hyundai Kona vehicle.
Mrs Tuckerman said the investment in 'inevitable' technology would help the region keep up with metropolitan areas.
"Hybrid and electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular with Australian sales more than doubling this year," she explained.
"Market breakthrough for electrically powered vehicles is inevitable and this creates a need for technicians specifically trained in this technology
"This new car means Goulburn TAFE can train more students in the latest automotive technology to meet the growing demand."
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