Future of Bremer TAFE is secure, says Mayor
BREMER TAFE has nothing to fear from proposed cuts to campuses in the western corridor region.
That is the word from Ipswich Mayor and Bremer TAFE chairman Paul Pisasale in the wake of the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce's recommendation to the State Government that TAFE campuses in Brisbane's western corridor be cut from 16 to 11.
The taskforce has recommended that 38 of the 82 campuses in Queensland be closed. Cr Pisasale said he understood that sites in the Ipswich area that would be shut or sold were not being used.
He said sites due to be lost by Bremer TAFE would include the former Ipswich TAFE building near the courthouse, which is already on the market, as well as a house in Goodna that Bremer TAFE leases but no longer uses and a plot of land adjacent to the campus that is not used.
Cr Pisasale said Minister for Training John-Paul Langbroek had assured him "Bremer TAFE will not lose its identity."
"I will be working with government to make sure TAFE in Ipswich grows so that it addresses industry needs...and creates educational opportunities for all people," he said.
"I will be fighting for the Bremer. We want to make good use of our existing facilities and hopefully we get more resources and become stronger."
Queensland Teachers Union deputy general secretary Greg Purches said the State Government was yet to reveal which campuses would be shut.
"We are asking the government to go out and talk to people like the Mayor, local teachers and the community who have a good idea what can or can't be allowed to be closed. They need to make the consultation before they make their final decision," he said.
"If there are campuses being used we hope the government talks to the professionals about what is required."
Labor MP for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller insisted more closures would occur and said Mr Langbroek "needs to say which of the Bremer Institute of TAFE campuses at Bundamba, Inala, Goodna and Springfield will be closed."