Victorian Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert opened the refurbished Dulka Yuppata Koorie Cultural and Indigenous Training Centre at SuniTAFE’s Mildura campus.
Translated as “Place of Learning”, the centre is a major gathering space for Indigenous students on campus and the home of staff working with the more than 300 Indigenous students at SuniTAFE.
The $1 million refurbishment includes a new classroom block and reception centre, with the centre’s buildings clustered around a new courtyard in the shape of a Murray Cod, which is a local totem.
The centre houses a gallery displaying student art works and a library of Indigenous resources and offers VCAL and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts programs.
The central courtyard’s landscaping is being done by SuniTAFE students, led by Tracey Mollison, who was a finalist in this year’s Victorian Training Awards’ Koorie Student of the Year category.
The Victorian Government is overhauling the training and TAFE system with Skills First which will see extra funding for SuniTAFE from 2017.
Already SuniTAFE has received more than $11 million from the Labor Government since 2015, including $2.9 million from the TAFE Rescue Fund.