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'Do you still actually use cucumbers?': Premier announces new beauty, hair training centre for Mandurah

"David, ask if they do hair transplants," the Premier says to Mandurah MP David Templeman.

They are at the TAFE Mandurah campus to announce $5.5 million for a hair and beauty training centre to be co-located with a promised hospitality and tourism training centre.

Having the two centres next to each other means locals will be able to buy a cheap meal at the training restaurant and then treat themselves to a low-cost massage or manicure - all while supporting student learning.

"Do you still actually use cucumbers?" Mr Templeman asks the beauty trainers at the Education Drive facility.

"I grow them and was just looking for an extra market. They slice beautifully. They fit onto the largest eyes."

Education Minister Sue Ellery chimes in that she fought hard for beauty businesses to stay open when the government was deciding which businesses would be forced to shut when COVID-19.

"I kept doing this," she laughs, waving spirit fingers in the air. "I can't not have my nails done."

Student Jasmine McLean gives Ms Ellery's hands some attention and later says she was "humbled" by the experience.

"It was fun interacting with someone like that, it was pretty humbling."

Premier Mark McGowan gets a shoulder and neck massage and says it it's the the best thing he has done "all week".

"All month even," he says.

It's a lighthearted scene but the occasion is a significant one for Mandurah.

The promised facility has been fully funded and is to be included in the state government's mid-year review in December.

The money is on top of a $9.17 million hospitality and tourism training centre at the TAFE promised in July.

The training facilities are expected to meet demand for more skilled workers by expanding training options and the number of half price courses available.

Planning and design is well underway with construction expected to start in July 2021.

The project is expected to be completed for Semester 2, 2022.

"This training facility will support the development of a highly skilled local workforce and support local industry throughout its construction," Ms Ellery said.

"This investment will ensure the Peel community has access to the very best learning environment."

Mr Templeman said the project would benefit the greater Peel region.

"The new facility will offer training opportunities for people in the region who want jobs in the local hair, beauty, hospitality and tourism industries."