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Media Release - Fashioned focused student brings rockabilly style to Narrabri

Maitland Street has welcomed a new and exciting addition to the Narrabri shopping precinct which is stopping intrigued window shoppers in their tracks.

Tash Elder has recently opened her vintage clothing and accessories store, Lady Gothique, after completing the Certificate IV in Small Business Management at the TAFE New England Narrabri campus.

The self-confessed rockabilly fan decided to open her own business after she identified a want for her handmade jewellery at the Narrabri markets. Ms Elder wanted to obtain the skills and know-how to start her business, so she enrolled at TAFE New England.

Ms Elder said “I’m a busy mum with four small children and live out of town, so the option to study on campus and from home suited my lifestyle”.

“The course equipped me with all of the information I needed, including concept, planning and marketing tools to turn my business dream into a reality,” Ms Elder said.

Ms Elder studied her course via TNE Connects, TAFE New England’s flexible learning program. Unlike traditional distance education, the program affords students the opportunity to participate in a virtual classroom from a location that suits them.

“Even though I studied from home for the majority of my course, it was so convenient to call into the campus when I needed to use the facilities or attend some of the face-to-face teaching when I had the opportunity”, Ms Elder said.

The Narrabri campus has over 60 courses available for enrolment this year. Members of the community who are interested in finding out more about studying at TAFE New England can call into the campus located on Barwan Street, visit or call 1800 448 176.