Senator opens centre

A new trade training centre at Blacktown Girls High School will allow students to gain hospitality qualifications while at school.

The $1.2 million centre was opened on Wednesday by Senator Marise Payne. It includes a commercial kitchen with high-quality equipment.

"The hospitality skills to be imparted at the centre are currently in short supply," said Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education.

Senator Payne said the school community's spirit of co-operation and federal government funding helped the centre be built.

"They thought about western Sydney's future needs, worked out what was best for the young people of the area, and devised a plan that makes a tangible difference," she said.

She said the centre fitted in with current education reforms to create a more robust and balanced curriculum.

UWS studies choices

A University of Western Sydney study seeks to understand better how we make important financial decisions.

Phoebe Bailey from the UWS School of Social Sciences and Psychology said the study would research younger and older people and the thought processes involved in spending and saving.

Australians older than 65 or aged 18 to 30 are invited to take part.

You will be reimbursed for travel expenses. Details: 9772 6230 or email


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