Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Former Minister for Training and Workforce Development; Corrective Services

    Muresk set for bright future

    31/01/2013 12:00 AM
    • MOU signed between State Government, Ausdrill and SiteGroup International to establish training mine site
    • C Y O’Connor Institute reaches in-principle agreement with Charles Sturt University for delivery of Agricultural Business Management Degree
    • Round table discussion with industry leaders set for March

    The Liberal National Government today announced details strengthening the future of the Muresk Institute and expand its course capacity.


    Training and Workforce Development Minister Murray Cowper said the State Government had developed a plan to embrace the institute’s history as an agricultural college and revitalise training, higher education and research opportunities in the region by offering a range of range of vocational and higher education courses to the community.


    As a first step, the State Government, Ausdrill Limited and SiteGroup International today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a training mine site for students on a non-arable parcel of land, adjacent to Muresk.


    “This training mine will provide students with a safe environment to learn hard rock drilling, blasting and general mine operations,” Mr Cowper said.


    The Minister also announced that C Y O’Connor Institute had reached an in-principle agreement with Charles Sturt University to collaborate in the delivery of a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management at the Muresk Institute, commencing in 2014.


    “This agreement is subject to the finalisation of a contract between the two institutions, and the Federal Government agreeing to allocate the funded places to enable its delivery,” he said.


    A significant ‘round table’ discussion has also been scheduled for March - with industry leaders in agriculture, agribusiness and finance - to focus on the needs, issues and challenges facing training and higher education in the sector.


    “Agriculture today is a high tech, multi-billion dollar industry and it is essential the Government works with industry to ensure we are delivering the right skills at the right time and in the right places,” Mr Cowper said.


    A number of areas at Muresk are being refurbished with $10million funding from the Royalties for Regions program. This includes student dormitory accommodation and the relocation of the library to allow for the development of a specific conference venue. 


           Fact File

    • Since 2008, Liberal National Government funded more than half a million training places at cost of $1.9billion
    • State Govt invested more than $90million on capital projects in training sector since September 2008

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