Access to literacy

August 30, 2017

Service user Katrina Nash, (front) with Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum and Shepparton Access chief executive officer Wendy Shanks.

Wendy Shanks and Murray Damian Drum officially open the education centre.

Training boost: Shepparton Access CEO Wendy Shanks and Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum officially open the Shepparton Access education centre.

The Kittles building on Wyndham St has been given new life as Shepparton Access’ education centre was officially opened by Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum yesterday.

The centre has two classrooms fitted out with state-of-the-art touch-screen computers and will provide more opportunities for people with disability to further their studies.

Shepparton Access chief executive officer Wendy Shanks said it had taken four years to get to this point. She said it was an important project for the area with an increase of 15 per cent in the service’s users every year.

‘‘It’s a unique opportunity and significant numbers of people with disability are wanting to enrol in tertiary education courses,’’ she said.

‘‘The wide variety of courses will prepare each person to build their knowledge and skills to become active members of the community and maintain employment.’’

Shepparton Access has owned the building for four years but has faced some challenges in completing the redevelopment.

‘‘I remember Keppel Turnour came into the building and just shook his head, the building had many abnormalities and the redevelopment is not without its challenges,’’ Ms Shanks said.

The education centre is located above the EcoStore.

Ms Shanks thanked The Shepparton Club, Greater Shepparton Connected Community and Australia Post for donations which helped the purchase of specialised technology.

Mr Drum said the centre would create pathways to employment and people with disability had the right to access training to help them succeed.

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