Trade centre opens its doors

19:59, Apr 03 2012
Nelson college students
GRAND OPENING: Nelson college students perform a haka to mark the official opening of the Gibbons Trade Eduction Centre.

A million-dollar trade centre opened this afternoon, equipped with the building blocks for better education.

The Gibbons Trade Eduction Centre has been finished since work began last August.

It includes two classrooms, plus spaces and equipment for courses in electronics, automotive engineering and trade building as well as a large space for shared projects.

It will cater for training at least 400 students a year, from year 9 to year 13.

Gibbons managing director Scott Gibbons said he was sure that his children, and his children's children, will come through the school and be very proud of what was built here.

"This is special for us, we put something back into the community in this lifetime."

Nelson College headmaster Gary O'Shea said it was rare in a position of leadership to have a vision realised in its entirety.

"That's what we have here today."