Charles Darwin University’s campuses at Alice Springs and Katherine will both gain a purpose-built community and health training complex after gaining Federal Government funding totalling $4.5 million.
CDU Pro Vice-Chancellor VET, Mr Don Zoellner said he was delighted with the funding announcement today, which he said would significantly improve the delivery of community services, aged care, and oral health and allied health programs, especially for Indigenous people in the NT.
“The construction of a purpose-built training complex in both Alice Springs and Katherine will allow the University to deliver specialist VET training programs tailored to meet the needs of our stakeholders in the Northern Territory, especially Indigenous people, who will have access to significant employment opportunities in these areas,” he said.
Mr Zoellner said the complexes would expand the capacity of CDU to deliver positive outcomes to people in the Alice and Katherine regions and in areas relating to emerging community need and employment in real jobs. These new facilities also reflected the University’s commitment to the regions of the NT.
“The diverse health and well-being needs of the NT’s population require a commitment by CDU to efficiently address challenges through multi-purpose facilities such as this,” he said.
“As the principal provider of health-related training in the Northern Territory, health and well-being in the region continues to grow as a focus and investment for the University.”
Funding for the projects is through the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund, which supports infrastructure developments within the VET sector that are considered of national importance by the Federal Government.