TAFE students help out at Palmerston

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter

Students from South Regional TAFE in Harvey helped out last week with the renovations of the Palmerston rehabilitation facility in Brunswick Junction.

Certificate III Community Services students helped with the cleaning and renovation of the rooms at Sophia College in preparation for its opening.

Harvey Shire Council approved the use of Sophia College as a rehabilitation facility in August and it is expected to be up and running early next year.

TAFE lecturer Kate Clancy said it was a great experience for the students to be part of setting up the facility.

“Just to volunteer for the day and especially to volunteer here for a new business or organisation setting up, it’s a great experience for all of them,” she said.

Palmerston Brunswick Junction manager Wendy Shannon said they were fortunate to have the volunteers’ help.

“They’re helping us with the set up and getting it all ready, because it’s been unused for a couple of years,” she said.

Student Vicki Chester-Lewis said they were helping out wherever needed and were happy to come back.

“It’s a fantastic thing they’re doing here,” Ms Chester-Lewis said.

Ms Shannon said positions were being advertised for the facility.

“We’re committed to employing local people, we want to bring employment and business to the area,” she said.

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