The Minurmarghali Mia TAFE campus in Roebourne is up and running, with specialist services now helping connect the local Aboriginal community to vocational training. Training Minister Simone McGurk officially opened the $7.9 million facility, which includes four new classrooms, on Thursday. Lead architect Iredale Pedersen Hook consulted with the local community to ensure the facilities were culturally appropriate and modern. Ms McGurk said the new facilities were a major boost for training in Roebourne and across the Pilbara region. “More local people will now be able to come and learn new skills closer to home, in industry-standard learning environments, ensuring they’re job-ready for the career of their choice,” she said. “It’s a priority of the WA Government to provide practical training support for Aboriginal people, so it was very important that we consulted with the local community about this project ensuring the facilities are bright, contemporary and culturally appropriate.” Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel said it was wonderful that TAFE students in Roebourne would now have access to facilities that would provide skills to set them up for life. “It’s also encouraging to see so many local apprentices and trainees working on the build for the new facility, which is a project they should be proud of,” Mr Michel said.