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Labor dragging its feet on Sale TAFE relocation

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has again called on the Melbourne Labor Government to provide funding for the relocation of Federation Training’s Fulham campus into the Sale CBD.

Mr O’Brien says after campaigning on this issue for nearly two years he is running out of patience on the delays.

“The Nationals in government provided $40 million to Federation Training for the merger of Advance TAFE and Central Gippsland TAFE and $20 million of that remains unspent.

“Some of this funding deserves to go to Federation Training for the relocation of the Fulham campus into Sale and Steve Herbert has sat on his hands for far too long.

“The Fulham campus is beginning to be run down and is too far out of town to be attractive to many students and retraining workers.  Enrolments have dropped significantly at the campus since Labor came to office and it is doing nothing to help turn that around.

“Bringing it into the Sale CBD would rejuvenate enrolments and provide a welcome economic boost for Sale businesses.

“I know the Wellington Shire Council is also pushing for this outcome and Federation Training is actively considering a number of options in town.

“I have raised this matter with Steve Herbert on a number of occasions in Parliament and yet we are still waiting for an outcome.

“Labor is withholding this $20 million of funding from Federation Training when it could be being put to good use for local students.

“It’s time Melbourne Labor stopped dithering and got on with delivering better outcomes for training in the Wellington Shire.”

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