Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Former Minister for Training and Workforce Development; Corrective Services

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    $10million towards Muresk

    19/12/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Funding to secure agriculture/agri-business training and new courses
    The Muresk Institute at Northam is set to benefit from a $10million injection of funds under the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
     
    Training and Workforce Development Minister Murray Cowper said building refurbishments and a new computer lab were just two items given highest priority under the funding.
     
    Mr Cowper today joined Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls in announcing the funding and said plans for Muresk were well under way with Royalties for Regions providing the much-needed funding.
     
    “In 2013, Muresk will offer courses which benefit the community as a whole with expert tuition provided by CY O’Connor and Curtin University in agriculture and agri-business,” Mr Cowper said.
     
    “A partnership with Ausdrill is being finalised to allow Muresk to offer training in the resources sector and courses in train driving will also be delivered next year.
     
    “Similarly, the not-for-profit body, Farm Safe, is negotiating to lease one of the houses at the Muresk site and will offer training related to farm safety.”
     
    Other courses being developed for 2013 include equine management; business administration; and sport and recreation, creating a number of exciting study options for the local community.
     
    Mr Grylls said the investment in Muresk would benefit regional West Australians.
     
    “A key principle of the Royalties for Regions program is to expand opportunities in regional Western Australia and this $10million investment will help transform Muresk into a multi-use and multi-tenant facility to be enjoyed by people throughout the region,” he said.
     
          Fact File
    • Royalties for Regions is a reinvestment of 25% of annual mining and onshore petroleum royalties into regional WA, helping to build strong and vibrant regional communities that are desirable places to live
    • Since 2008, the Liberal-National Government has funded more than half a million training places at a cost of $1.9billion
    • The Liberal-National Government has invested more than $90million on capital  projects in the training sector since September 2008
    Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5700