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Time for Labor to release funds for Gippsland TAFE

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien and Member for Eastern Victoria, Melina Bath have called on the Melbourne Labor Government to release funds set aside for Federation Training by the previous Coalition Government.

Speaking in State Parliament today, Mr O’Brien said $20 million of funding that was designated for Gippsland TAFE services has not yet been provided to Federation Training.

“Federation Training wants to relocate its Fulham campus into the Sale city centre and this funding is vital if it is to proceed,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We already have a site available at the Port of Sale or there may be other alternatives for Federation Training to consider. I know the Wellington Shire and the Sale community are very keen to see the Fulham site moved and this $20 million is the perfect vehicle for it to happen.

“Melbourne Labor needs to get on board this strongly supported idea and ensure that the $20 million that was previously allocated by The Nationals in Government is made available for Federation Training as soon as possible.”

Ms Bath, who directly asked the Minister for this funding to be released in the Legislative Council, said Labor had talked big about TAFE but had not added a single extra dollar to the Victorian Training Guarantee and so far local enrolments have gone backwards under Labor.

“The relocation of the Fulham campus is strongly supported by all involved and Steve Herbert should make sure that Federation Training has the means to make it happen,” Ms Bath said.

“We need better local opportunities for young people and experienced workers to train or retrain and this would be a good start.”

Mr O’Brien said the government had no reason not to release this funding for use in Gippsland.

“The Minister’s announcement at the time makes no mention of any conditionality on the funding, other than that half of it should be dedicated to redeveloping facilities.  Well this is exactly what we need the money for now, so there should be no excuses.”

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