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Queensland’s first wine tourism training institution is official opened

Queensland’s first wine tourism training institution was officially opened on 20 April 2007 by Premier Peter Beattie. The Queensland College of Wine Tourism is said to be a massive boost for the industry and will provide quality training for high school and tertiary levels, aimed at all aspects of the wine industry.

The $6.5 million project sponsored by the Queensland Government in partnership with the Queensland wine industry is located in the State’s biggest wine producing region, Granite Belt. The College features a winery, cellar door, bistro café and interpretive centre.

Recognised as the key industry centre for the Queensland wine industry, in terms of identity, promotion, training and research and development for both national and international levels, the College will provide on-going training for existing industry employers and employees, with a particular focus on new technologies.

Used as a co-location of the University of Southern Queensland and several local high schools, the College will also host events for the Queensland wine industry, including small wine-makers’ competitions, conferences, seminars and field days.

Project director, John Neville, said the college can only strengthen the future of the wine industry. The opening was the chance to officially mark the completion of construction and commencement of operations and to acknowledge the contributions of all who had contributed to its development.

“The opening went extremely well. Both Premier Beattie and Minister for Wine Industry Development Hon. Margaret Keech attended, with 160 invited guests from the industry, local community, Government and education partners,” Neville said.

“Beattie said the College marked a coming of age for the Queensland wine industry. Young Queenslanders can now attain qualifications to post graduate level without leaving the State. He said he had always had confidence in the quality of Queensland wines and the future of the Queensland wine industry, and the development of the College heralded well for the industry.”

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