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Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks and Hemangi Surti show Minister Ian Macfarlane the welding robot at NACOG Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks and Hemangi Surti show Minister Ian Macfarlane the welding robot at NACOG

A recent visit by Australian Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane gave Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks an opportunity to showcase many of the university’s new facilities along with a preview of the soon-to-be completed VET training facility.

Minister MacFarlane toured CDU Trades and the North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas (NACOG) alongside industry representatives and observed demonstrations by CDU students and staff from VET and higher education.

Construction on the $21 million state-of-the-art VET trade training facility began in 2013 and is expected to be completed late this year.

The facility will comprise open and flexible learning spaces using mobile equipment, classrooms, a computer laboratory, a student common room, and staff offices. It will also include specially designed safe, open areas for dangerous and elevated skills training.

The Federal Government announced $21.3 million funding for the VET facility in 2013 under the Regional Priorities Round of the Education Investment Fund.

Senators Nova Peris and Kim Carr also toured CDU last month visiting CDU Trades, NACOG, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education, and Menzies School of Health Research.