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A group of TAFE painting and decorating teachers have shared their skills and given back to the community as part of their national meeting held in Launceston recently.

With materials donated by Dulux, teachers from TasTAFE, Federation Training, Melbourne Polytechnic, Bendigo TAFE and Gordon TAFE travelled to St Helens, volunteering their time to makeover the St Helens Sailing Squadron’s clubhouse.

The teachers painted both the interior and exterior of the clubhouse and put an industrial coating system on the floor after resurfacing it using a grinder donated by Tamar Hire. Tamar Hire also provided industrial diesel heaters for the project.

The sailing squadron is a not for profit organisation which is run by volunteers and provides sail training for children and teenagers, including disadvantaged youth.

The project took two days to complete and involved a total repaint of the two internal rooms, plaster ceilings, concrete block walls, several doors and a painted concrete floor as well as the exterior of the building. Dulux provided all of the material and training on a range of new products.

TasTAFE teacher Scott Dalton said the project was a great opportunity for the teachers to give something back to the community, share ideas and keep up their industry currency which is a requirement for TAFE teachers.

St Helens Sailing Squadron Secretary, Jacqui Lockwood, said, “the St Helens Sailing Squadron wish to extend our most sincere thanks to TasTAFE, in particular Scott Dalton, for coordinating the internal and external painting of our recently secured Clubrooms in St Helens.

“The makeover gesture, which involved TasTAFE, TAFE Bendigo, Melbourne Polytechnic, Federation Training, Gordon TAFE and Dulux representatives, has been gratefully received by Sailing Squadron members.

“The result is striking and something we could never have funded nor achieved. The new look Clubrooms will further bolster our bid to host the Stonehaven Cup in 2020, which will bring in excess of 200 competitors and support crew to the area,” Ms Lockwood said.

Participants involved in the project (pictured l-r) were: Davin Nichols (Federation Training), Ian Hartwig (Melbourne Polytechnic), Mark House (Dulux), Shane Kennedy (Bendigo TAFE), Alf Clark (Gordon TAFE), Scott Jackman (Dulux), Jeremy Viney and Scott Dalton (TasTAFE) and Nathan Hodskiss (Dulux – not pictured).

The national meeting of TAFE painting and decorating teachers is held annually in a different state, with this year’s meeting hosted by TasTAFE at its Alanvale Campus in Launceston.

TAFE teachers revamp St Helens Sailing Squadron clubhouse