State Govt considers selling four North Coast TAFE campuses
A LEAKED cabinet document shows the NSW Government is considering selling off four North Coast TAFE campuses in a bid to raise $63 million across the state.
Murwillumbah campus has been proposed for total sale for $2.96 million along with the Maclean site that could bring in $1.24 million for the government.
Ballina TAFE has been pegged for a $1.24 million partial sale, although details of how the site may be broken up remain unclear.
The entire Trenayr campus north of Grafton has been nominated for a $1.85 million sale.
The document proposes the sale of 27 sites across NSW to make up for a blow-out in the delivery of an IT administration system for the Education Department that has already cost $576 million.
Ballina mayor David Wright said he was kept in the dark about the possible sell-off.
"The TAFE tutors and teachers up here do such a good job, and it's responded to by the students," he said.
"This government has done a lot of good things, but this time I think they've got it wrong.
"I'm quite certain they haven't spoken to me about it, and if the TAFE knew something I think they would have been in touch."
Cr Wright said the Ballina campus's good work with indigenous students would be missed if the site was closed.
The State Government has kept quiet on the revelations of the leaked document.
But shadow skills minister David Harris has gone on the offensive.
"TAFE as we know it is being completely destroyed by the Baird Government," he said.
"Our TAFE teachers do an incredible job: they give many people a second chance at an education and really turn lives around.
"Any downgrading to their skills would be devastating.
"The government also needs to come clean on what campuses it intends to sell and what other programs are going to be cut to fund the shortfall in its IT budget.
"Enough uncertainty: tell us now."