Liberals and Nationals promise new TAFE campus at Port of Sale
An elected Liberal and Nationals government will build a new TAFE campus at the Port of Sale site.
Shadow Minister for Training, Skills and Apprenticeships Steph Ryan, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien and Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath were in Sale on Tuesday to announce the Liberals and Nationals' plan to relocate the old, run-down Fulham campus to a new site at the Port of Sale.
The community was thrown into limbo two weeks ago when Labor's Training and Skills Minister confirmed she would consider closing the campus, despite years of campaigns for a new Federation Training site.
Ms Ryan said Labor had dithered over the future of TAFE in Sale, while student numbers and courses had been cut at the Fulham campus.
“Federation Training’s Fulham campus has been devastated by Labor’s cuts to training,” Ms Ryan said.
“Under Daniel Andrews courses like nursing and IT have disappeared from Fulham and the campus is bleeding students because it is old and out-dated.
"Unlike Labor we're not going to stand by and watch while Sale and the Wellington Shire lose training opportunities.”
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O'Brien has repeatedly called on the Andrews Government to build a new campus, after the former Liberal and Nationals government allocated $1.5 million for detailed design work.
“Our community has made it clear that they desperately want a new Federation Training campus in the Sale CBD,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Fulham is too far out of town and is falling apart. We're going to make sure there's a strong future for skills training in the Wellington Shire.
“Daniel Andrews has shown no interest in Federation Training or fixing the Fulham campus.
"This announcement gives certainty to the community that, if we are elected, we will get on with the job of providing a state-of-the-art facility at the community's preferred site."
L-R: Wellington Shire Mayor Carolyn Crossley, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien, Deputy Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Training, Skills and Apprenticeships Steph Ryan, Sale Business and Tourism Association President Leanne Pearce, and The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath