CAIRNS TAFE Launches into New Sustainable Future!

Classes at Tropical North Queensland TAFE in 2011 are going green, with the launch of the new state-of-the-art Health and Sustainability Precinct.

The Precinct, located on Newton Street, was officially opened by Senator Jan McLucas MP on Monday.

The $10 million facility features modern learning environments, including a simulated hospital ward, and office and meeting facilities – all designed to be environmentally sustainable.

TNQT Institute Director Joann Pyne said the 1840-square-metre facility signalled the start of a greener and more sustainable future at TAFE.

“The Health and Sustainability Precinct not only ensures our students are given opportunities to learn in a state-of-the-art environment, it also paves the way to meeting our goals of becoming an environmentally sustainable training environment and workplace,” Ms Pyne said.

The building is solar powered and built to maximise the use of natural light and ventilation.

It is cooled by gas heat pump air-conditioning to reduce electricity consumption, while bike racks and storage lockers encourage the use of green transport options.

All paints, carpets, sealants and furniture used in the new building are low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds).

Ms Pyne said parts of the new  ‘J Block’ was built using materials taken from a timber structure which formerly stood in its place for almost 30 years.

“The materials, including carpets and fixtures, were also recycled into other buildings around the campus,” she said.

As well as general purpose classrooms, ‘J Block’ also has a state-of-the-art nursing training centre, which features three hospital wards for students to participate in simulated lessons.

“Nursing students, with the support of their teachers, will practice caring for patients including physical assessment, the activities of daily living, as well as responding to emergency situations in the clinical setting,” Ms Pyne said.

Construction of ‘J Block’ was made possible thanks to $10 million in funding from the Australian Government’s Teaching and Learning Capital Fund.

The Health and Sustainability Precinct is registered for a Green Star – Education rating and is aiming for a five-star rating.

Media Contact: Gina Knitter

Phone: 4042 2687 or 0408 746 747



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