Local TAFE sites up for sale: Greens

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UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: Corowa TAFE site has been earmarked for sale, according to NSW GreensTHE NSW Government could reap more than $2 million from TAFE site salesin Albury and Corowa.
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The Greens have obtained a leaked cabinet document showing the Dean Street building could fetch an estimated $1.36 million and the Corowa site $700,000.

“As predicted, regional TAFE campuses are now in the NSW Nationals and Liberals’ firing line,” Greens MP John Kaye said.

“The future of young people in the Riverina is in serious doubt with campus closures being seriously considered by the cabinet.

“No amount of spin can hide the frightening reality of TAFE being lined up for substantial down-sizing.”

Member for Albury Greg Aplin said on Tuesday the sale of the two assets couldn’t be ruled out.

He said TAFE was undergoing a “strategic asset management plan” in concert with changing needs of students.

“It’s my understanding no decision has been made at all,” Mr Aplin said.

“The aim is to grow learning options generally through programs they’ve got.”

He said the Corowa site hadbeen “slated” for change for many years.

“It is being less and less used,” he said.

“It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest providing there are opportunities for delivery of services.

“They are delivering more and more courses online.”

Corowa TAFE occupies a large site on Riesling Street only a block from Sanger Street.

“The council has said to me many times they wouldn’t mind seeing a redevelopment of that site because it is close to the central business area of Corowa,” Mr Aplin said.

“It is a collection of old buildings which are very under-utilised.

“When they were built we didn’t have computers or the internet.”

Mr Kaye said what was planned for NSW TAFEs had already happened in Victoria.

“Pushing up fees, cutting back on courses at TAFE and reducing support for students has inevitably created ghost campuses,” he said.

The Albury TAFE main campus isin Poole Street.

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