People from Nelson Bay will have access to the training they need to get a job and get ahead with the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government announcing a new local TAFE campus will be built.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian was today joined by Liberal Candidate for Port Stephens Jaimie Abbott for the announcement.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals are driving a massive expansion of TAFE’s footprint across rural and regional NSW, with Nelson Bay set to benefit from a new and state-of-the-art TAFE campus,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“TAFE campuses are the beating hearts of our regional communities and provide access to the education and training people need to get a job and get ahead.

“Today’s announcement is yet another significant investment in the future of rural and regional communities.”

Ms Abbott said she was delighted locals in Nelson Bay would soon have access to their very own TAFE.

“This announcement is an absolute game-changer for the people of Nelson Bay who until now have never had a major TAFE presence in town,” Ms Abbott said.

“For the first time ever people in Nelson Bay will be able to study a broad range of courses at TAFE locally, improving their ability to get the education they need to get a job and get ahead.

“As it stands many locals have to travel for an hour to access the courses they wish to study at either Maitland or Newcastle.

“This is about giving people the chance to study right here locally and removing barriers to education and training.”

The NSW Liberals & Nationals have already delivered 14 new or upgraded TAFE campuses in regional NSW since 2017. These campuses have on average tripled course offerings (compared to an existing facility) and more than doubled student enrolments.