Why Gladstone deserves a modern trade centre facility

AS ONE of Australia's key industrial and energy hubs, Gladstone deserves the most modern and effective trades training facility.

That's according to CQUniversity leaders who today are inviting community representatives to see the standard of the existing trades training facilities, at the Gladstone City Campus in Derby St. Vice-chancellor Professor Scott Bowman and Chancellor John Abbott have declared the Gladstone City facilities as 'not up to par' for the longer-term.

The university is keen to spark a conversation about sources of funding required to construct an upgraded Trades Training facility at its Gladstone Marina campus.

CQUni recently revealed proposed plans to expand its operations in Gladstone by redeveloping the Gladstone Marina campus to incorporate a new trades training precinct.

The plans are part of a $16.4 million redevelopment project proposal that the University hopes will get support from both sides of government, at all levels.

Professor Bowman explained that the project would lead to a new era in the delivery of education and training in Gladstone and create new jobs in the process.

"We have a strong plan for the university in the Gladstone region and are currently meeting with a number of key stakeholders, on both sides of government, to secure funding and drive our plans forward."

Professor Bowman also explained that getting this development off the ground is a priority for the region, as shifting employment priorities emerge.