Member for Murray Austin Evans today announced Griffith had been confirmed as the home for a future TAFE NSW facility that will create around 60 local jobs.

Mr Evans and Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi joined Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall today to welcome the news of the new TAFE Shared Service Centre.

Mr Evans said he had fought hard for Griffith and that it was a huge win for the community.

“The TAFE Shared Services Centre will create around 60 jobs for the region, in high-skilled areas such as ICT and finance,” Mr Evans said.

“This is a fantastic outcome for the people of Griffith and delivers on my promise to bring more jobs to the city.

“I’ve been fighting hard for Griffith to secure this win. Last year I convinced the Minister to visit and view potential locations, and drill in the message that it makes perfect sense.

“What’s more is that today’s announcement builds on our earlier win, having already secured the TAFE Agribusiness SkillsPoint which opened last year and employs 15 people.

“Having choice and opportunity is critical for residents who want to work and make a living in Griffith and we’re now set for around 75 new jobs.

Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall said the announcement was fantastic news for Griffith.

“The new TAFE NSW Shared Service Centre will stimulate local business and employment opportunities,” Mr Marshall said.

“We’re undertaking a landmark expansion of TAFE across regional NSW and I’m delighted that the benefits are not only extending to students through more training opportunities but also flowing to local communities through jobs creation.”

Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi said the announcement was a great outcome for Griffith.

“The new TAFE Shared Service Centre is a significant win, and I congratulate Austin for his hard work fighting tooth and nail to make this a reality and deliver for our city,” Cr Dal Broi said,

“It’s wonderful that these jobs are not related to primary production. They don’t rely on water allocations or the weather and that means they are jobs that will be permanent fixtures for Griffith.”

It’s anticipated the new TAFE NSW Shared Service Centre will be operational in 2021.