Lower College praises Page MP
A NEW-LOOK Lower Clarence Community College has been officially opened after its recent refurbishment.
Member for Page Janelle Saffin opened the college in Yamba on Wednesday after securing more than $400,000 in federal funding for the project.
Ms Saffin said the two-storey green building gave the college more room to meet growing demand for its popular courses across the Lower Clarence.
“I strongly lobbied (then education minister) Julia Gillard for this funding because I support the adult education sector and know how hard community colleges have to struggle with tight budgets,” she said.
“This college plays a vital role in preparing young people for the workforce and in giving people of all ages new skills to enhance their careers.”
Ms Saffin met with Alstonville-Ballina and Lower Clarence community colleges new executive officer Narelle Millar and board directors Geoff Gardiner, Caroline Woodhead and Ros Mayberry.
The college has serviced the Lower Clarence since January 2007.
Ms Millar said it was good to have Ms Saffin on hand to officially open the college considering the effort she put in to securing the funding.
Ms Millar said the college was a not-for-profit organisation and the refurbishment was government-funded, with the rest self-funded.
“The college is a wonderful facility for community education and I would love for people to come to the college to familiarise themselves,” she said.
“The college is there for the community.”
Alstonville-Ballina and Lower Clarence community colleges received $79,100 under the Australian Government's Small Business Online Program to help small and home-based businesses in the Lower Clarence and Northern Rivers to develop web-based practices.
Ms Saffin said more than 170 small businesses had also taken advantage of up to 24 hours of free training.