Taxes wasted as State of the Art Campus at Tewantin TAFE sits abandonded. Photo Geoff Potter / Noosa News
Taxes wasted as State of the Art Campus at Tewantin TAFE sits abandonded. Photo Geoff Potter / Noosa News Geoff Potter

How can we rescue TAFE Tewantin?

WHILE the Coast groans under the weight of homelessness, high rents and youth unemployment, as we sit back and watch a television full of the poorest people in the world risking their lives on the rickety boats, it appears we couldn't care less about leaving a state-of-the-art building empty - and paying for its maintenance.

Next month is 12 months since the previous LNP government closed Tewantin TAFE.

Today, the multi-million dollar building, located in a forest of towering white scribbly Gums on Noosa Cooroy Rd, lies abandoned with an unclear future.

We look at the promises made and kept....

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RESCUING TAFE TEWANTIN

Promises were made.
Promises were made. Inga Williams

In May the Palaszczuk Government introduced the Queensland Training Asset Management Repeal Bill 2014.

The Training and Skills Minister Yvette D'Ath said the Queensland Training Assets Management Authority Repeal Bill (2015) will return Queensland's training assets to the Department of Education and Training and prevent them being sold to the highest bidder.

"This Bill is a significant step in implementing our Rescuing TAFE commitment. Abolishing the Queensland Training Asset Management Authority (QTAMA) and returning the management and control of the state's training assets to the Department of Education will provide certainty to TAFE Queensland," she said

Ms D'Ath said a further component of the Rescuing TAFE commitment would be the development of a 10-year strategic asset plan to explore options for future use of training assets.

"The plan will be developed and implemented in consultation with key stakeholders. An audit of all training assets will also be undertaken to support the development of the plan," she said.

"The plan is expected to be implemented from July 2016," she said.

Source: statements.qld.gov.au


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