Harvey Ag gets a boost

30 Nov, 2012 04:00 AM
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Year 11 students Ryan O'Niel (left) and Brad Brookes with Education Minister Peter Collier. Mr Collier was in Harvey to officially open the new school facilities.
Year 11 students Ryan O'Niel (left) and Brad Brookes with Education Minister Peter Collier. Mr Collier was in Harvey to officially open the new school facilities.

THE WA College of Agriculture, Harvey, had back-to-back wins last Friday.

Education Minister Peter Collier not only officially opened the new $26.4 million facilities, but he also announced additional funds to complete the 'beautification' of the school and boarding grounds.

In an address to students, parents and staff, Mr Collier said it was usually left up to parent groups to fundraise to develop new gardens but on this occasion the State Government would provide the finances.

The statement drew a large round of applause from the crowd.

The complete rebuild of the College brought the administration, boarding and schooling facilities all onto one campus for the first time since it opened in the 1950s.

Mr Collier said it was important to embrace and expand agricultural education and needed better facilities to do so.

"The previous facilities were substandard and to continue to attract new students we desperately needed to offer them something better," Mr Collier said.

"We want to see the delivery of agricultural education reaching a high level of excellence and these new facilities do that."

The college had expanded its vocational offering to include butchering, equestrian and aquaculture, with new design and technology workshops, information technology laboratories and a gymnasium.

It also included eight residential dormitories accommodating more than 120 students.

The new facilities were funded by the State Government and the rebuild sees Mr Collier fulfil his pre-election promise.

FarmWeekly

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