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Rural institutions vulnerable to change
Queanbeyan TAFE students William Smith and Sandra Darling are worried by changes to funding for TAFE.
Students and teachers at Queanbeyan
TAFE are anxious to find out how
NSW state government reforms will
affect their studies.
Changes introduced by Smart and
Skilled, a reform of the NSW
Vocational Education and Training
system, include the introduction of
new fee arrangements and changes to
eligibility criteria for courses.
NSW Teachers Federation
Queanbeyan Tafe organiser Rob Long
labelled the changes a major concern.
He said TAFE had been a high
quality provider of education for rural
and regional NSW, but it could change
under the reforms.
"What the government appears to be
doing is privatising TAFE funding,
driving the fees for students up and
from what we re finding out now is
that student numbers are down," he
He said the reforms would impact
smaller colleges like Queanbeyan
worse than those in cities where there
were more options.
Pre-selected Monaro Country Labor
Party candidate Steve Whan said the
changes were a "big threat" to rural
"The new fee structure will actually
make it extremely difficult for people
to come back and get new skills,
because once they ve got a diploma or
certificate, they will pay full fee for the
next one," he said.
New student William Smith, who
started studying certificate II in
business administration at
Queanbeyan last week, said he was
concerned further study would not be
"If the Liberal government
implemented their Smart and Skilled
privatisation program, people like
myself, I wouldn t be able to come and
retrain myself or to even try and make
myself better in any way," he said.
"Once I ve got one set of
qualifications, if I find I have difficulty
in that with my disability, I can t go
back and re-train because I won t have
the funds to be able to do it."
A spokesman for the NSW
Department of Education and
Communities said NSW TAFE would
continue to play a central role as the
state s public vocational education and
Monaro MLA John Barilaro said the
government was committed to TAFE
NSW, which was already a leading
"There are fees for training in 2015
-- just as there have been for many
years," he said. The 2015 fees in NSW
are lower than those recommended.
RELAY FOR LIFE
Cancer survivor Andrew Heath will be
among hundreds of people taking part
in the fourth annual Queanbeyan
Relay for Life.
After being diagnosed with
testicular cancer back in 2010, Mr
Heath said he had been "to hell and
back" fighting the disease.
He will have reached three years of
remission in April.
As part of The Little Team that
Could, Mr Heath has raised more than
$800 and is hoping to raise $1500
before the event begins on Saturday.
This will be the fourth year he has
taken part in Relay for Life, to
celebrate life, share his experience and
remember those who have lost their
battle and fight for a cure.
Canberra Raiders and Newcastle
Knights players will be among the
line-up to participate in the first lap on
Saturday at 10.30am.
Queanbeyan families will benefit from
a grant to construct a new playground
for children with special needs.
The infrastructure development
grant of $50,000 was presented to the
Queanbeyan Children s Special Needs
Group on Friday by Monaro MLA
John Barilaro and NSW Minister for
Disability John Ajaka.
Special needs group chief executive
Caitlin Buxton said the construction of
a playground, at a new location yet to
be finalised, would be a special
addition for children with special
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