THE Glenelg Shire Council is requesting the South West Institute of TAFE re-instate management at Portland and Hamilton campuses before term one next year.
Councillor Anita Rank moved a motion in urgent business at last week’s meeting that council write to the chair of South West TAFE, Bill Hewett, and local Members of Parliament Denis Napthine and Hugh Delahunty to object to the axing.
The axing of both positions, announced on December 7, follows a State Government funding withdrawal of $2.9 million earlier this year, resulting in 43 job losses.
“I’m sure that as soon as a management structure is removed from the local branch that maybe we’ll start to lose services,” Cr Rank said.
She said the Glenelg Shire had the lowest attainment level of the Victorian Certificate of Education in the state, and cuts to the TAFE management could further jeopardise education in the region.
“We want the board of management to have time to consider the ramifications of this important decision,” she said.
Glenelg mayor Karen Stephens said there had been a lack of community consultation about the management changes at bothPortlandandHamiltoncampuses.
Cr White said the restructure was a set-back the community shouldn’t have to endure.
“There are a lot of people working very hard to lift this low ebb of attainment levels of higher education and this development occurs, so we need to advocate as strongly as possible to whoever can help us out,” Cr White said.
Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.