Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Govt Prunes TAFE Cost; Students Say Admin Changes Hit Training

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Govt Prunes TAFE Cost; Students Say Admin Changes Hit Training

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Arthur Gorrie

ADMINISTRATIVE changes at Gympie TAFE are biting into service delivery, contrary to promises they would lead to an educational and economic boost.

Cost pruning will soon mean the entire Gympie-based horticulture course will be given the chop, students said yesterday.

One of them, East Deep Creek's Liana Turner, said she and other horticulture students would now have to travel to Nambour to study - and that was also where the teaching employment would be.

"I'll have to study in Nambour (next semester), which costs time and money, but our main concern is that the community will lose a valuable resource.

"I'll be okay," she said, but the community would lose a resource of people who could work with Landcare and Gympie Regional Council to revegetate sites, gather seeds for revegetation before development works and engage in weed control, including urgent cat's claw and lantana removal.

"Funding cuts will mean changes to the horticulture section. …

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