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




Stay Connected

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

Warwick furniture store latest business set to shut up shop

Warwick Furniture Court owner Steve Oakland says a downturn in the economy is behind his decision to close his store later in the year.

Furniture Court to close down in October

Warwick gets ready for the big freeze

Trevor Wiseman braving the outdoor movies at Queens Park tonight, getting ready for the sub-zero temperatures coming up.

Time to rug up, Jack Frost is well and truly on his way

Jay Laga’aia performs for Clifton kids

G’DAY JAY: Jay Laga'aia performing at Clifton State School for Under Eights Week.

Jay Laga'aia performed to 400 under eights.

Latest deals and offers


The best retro movies of the week? May 27 - June 3

Gregory Peck Photo Contributed

This week TV fan get to see Tom Cruise in a 1980s classics

Warwick High student named as hockey nationals umpire

Interview with Warwick High student Isaac Johnson who has been named as an umpire...

Start of Pentath-run wheelchair race in Warwick

Start of Wheelchair race at Pentath-run 1500

Warwick Hospital Get Up Petition

Deuchar resident Trevor Ives is heading up a GetUp petition against Federal Government cuts of as much as $62.8 million to funding at Warwick Hospital. Photo Jayden Brown / Warwick Daily News

Deuchar resident Trevor Ives talks about a GetUp petition calling for no cuts to...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

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