Education Minister Peter Collier officially opened Harvey’s new $26.4 million agricultural college at Wokalup on Friday morning, heralding a new era in agricultural education in the region.
Mr Collier said the investment at Wokalup had resulted in first-class agricultural teaching and residential facilities and united the college on one site for the first time since it opened in the 1950s.
“The complete re-build of the College was a priority of our Government and has provided vital facilities for students in this agriculture- rich part of our State,’’ he said.
“These facilities are unsurpassed across the country and are all within walking distance for the college’s growing number of residential and day students.
“The college can now expand its suite of vocational offerings to students, including butchery skills, equestrian and aquaculture, making it an attractive option for students throughout WA.’’
Mr Collier said the college rebuild included eight residential dormitories to accommodate more than 120 students.
One of the residential units has been named after Thomas Hayward, the owner of the land in the late 1800s.