News

TAFE sales 'disgraceful': Tim Mulherin

THE Queensland state opposition has hit out a government plan to shut 13 TAFE campuses, but Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the system had to be made "viable"

Of the 13 sites, five were already on the market, three were not being used and a further five will be sold off.

The move to sell the buildings and land were part of the 40 recommendations of the Skills and Training Taskforce, 37 of which the state government will act on.

Mr Langbroek said the taskforce recommended action in three main areas: the role and performance of the public providers, the apprenticeship system and industry engagement.

He said the government had committed to fix the VET system in Queensland, with the taskforce report highlighting "systemic problems in TAFE" and the urgent need for action.

But Deputy Labor Leader Tim Mulherin said it was disgraceful the government was engaging in asset sales, despite the Labor Government's asset sales playing a key role in its electoral defeat earlier this year.

Mr Mulherin said the government could not leave regional communities wondering if they would have access to TAFE.

"The LNP Government has already slashed the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative which helped place young people and the long-term unemployed in work," he said.

"Now the LNP Government is further disadvantaging regional communities by making access to education and training even more difficult."

There will also be 12 sites around Central Queensland which will be transferred to the CQ University, as part of the university's merger with TAFE in the region.

CAMPUS CLOSURES:

Already on the market:

  • Chelmer
  • Garbutt
  • Townsville City
  • Ipswich City
  • Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

Unused:

  • Cordelia Street, South Brisbane
  • Mareeba Farm
  • Springwood

Additional sales:

  • North Lakes (vacant land)
  • Cleveland (vacant land)
  • Manning Street
  • Bundaberg Marine
  • Windsor Road, Nambour

Topics:  asset sales, john-paul langbroek, tafe, tim mulherin




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

The last thing he remembers was being halfway down the track

HARD RECOVERY: John McBryde has little recollection of the Mount Archer mountain biking accident that left him hospitalised

If he wasn't wearing a full-face helmet the outcome could have been much worse.

NRL player spotted at Rockhampton netball courts

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 11: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Roosters is tackled during the NRL qualifying final match between the Sydney Roosters and the Melbourne Storm at Allianz Stadium on September 11, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Who was spotted at Rockhampton netball courts last night?

Latest deals and offers

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked

Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale

FOR SALE: The home of the old Centrepoint Buffet

Restaurant fined for unhygienic practices closed months ago