TAFE future is uncertain

Caboolture's Brisbane North Institute of TAFE still has an uncertain future.
Caboolture's Brisbane North Institute of TAFE still has an uncertain future. Vicki Wood

CABOOLTURE'S Brisbane North Institute of TAFE will be left in limbo until the end of the month to find out whether it is on the chopping block after an independent taskforce recommended the State Government cut campuses in Queensland from 82 to 44.

Senator for Queensland Mark Furner has called on Campbell Newman to immediately rule out the closure of the Caboolture campus.

"Enough is enough. The LNP are sacking teachers and nurses across Queensland and now they are starting on TAFE," he said.

"The fact that Campbell Newman is considering a report that tells him to close TAFEs should be sounding alarm bells."

Since report findings were revealed many interested parties have called on the LNP to give answers as to which campuses would be getting the chop, if any.

Queensland Teachers Union president Kevin Bates said he was disappointed with the lack of community consultation surrounding the report.

"Our concern is the decision made by the government will be skewed to reflect one particular point of view," he said.

While Mr Bates felt the Caboolture campus would be safe from slashing, he was not so sure about the nearby Redcliffe campus.

"I think Redcliffe is at real risk, it seems to be a recurring target," he said.

However the government was yet to bow to the wishes of the QTU, workers and the community.

Minister for Education John-Paul Langbroek has said there were 13 TAFE campuses across Queensland that did not have any students, yet the government was still outlaying money to maintain the utilities of the buildings.

Lisa France (Pumicestone, LNP) said she felt this was a gross waste of money that could be better used within the education system.

"The independent report suggests that the government sell the campuses that are not being used and that the funds raised by those sales be used to improve the TAFE colleges that are fully functional," she said.

"Mr Langbroek has indicated that the government will respond to these recommendations by November 30, taking in consideration the needs of the local communities."

Ms France encouraged the Queensland Teacher's Union and other TAFE stakeholders to await the recommendations review.

While Mr Bates felt the cutting of unused campuses was a fair call on the government's behalf, he feared the cuts would stem far beyond that.

Topics:  brisbane north institute of tafe, caboolture



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