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Boatbuilding with a view

Victoria University is investing $3.4 million to develop best practice boatbuilding facilities within the Williamstown Seaworks Site.

The Seaworks Site was launched today by the Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan.

The whole area will become a heritage maritime precinct with Victoria University's boatbuilding facilities occupying the north""west corner of the site and overlooking the harbour.

Victoria University Acting Vice-Chancellor, Dr Anne Jones said: "Victoria University will showcase its boat building training activities at this new facility. It will be built in such a way as to allow the community to see trainees as they are learning their skills.

"The new education centre includes teaching spaces, workshops, painting booths, and conference amenities incorporating a balcony that overlooks the harbour.

"We want people who are interested in boatbuilding to be able to see the training happening and see the boats in all aspects of their planning and construction.

"We are delighted to participate in this project along with our partners Parks Victoria, Seaworks Foundation and the local community," she said.

The training will take place in world best practice facilities that showcase and promote boatbuilding courses from certificate through to diploma.

Courses offered cover construction, repair and maintenance of boats, working with wood and the use of fibre-glass and aluminium materials. The new facilities will attract students from all over Australia and there will be a range of short courses to attract maritime enthusiasts and hobbyists.

It is anticipated that the current boatbuilding activities will be moved from Victoria University Newport campus and the new training facility will be in use next year.

Media contact:

Christine White, General Manager Communications 

VU Marketing and Communications Department

Ph: 9919 4322 or 0434 602 884

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