Maclean TAFE not for sale
THERE are no plans to sell of the Maclean TAFE campus says TAFE NSW North Coast Institute director Elizabeth McGregor.
Ms McGregor said reports the campus would be sold off as part of an asset review of campuses on the North Coast were incorrect.
"The Maclean TAFE campus is not actually being closed," she said.
"We are on a shared site with the local school, and what's being considered is how to share the site better with the school to maximise its utilisation rates.
"Our focus is to make sure that our training delivery is as relevant to our customers as possible, and then consider the best facilities to deliver it."
The campus at Trenayr, north of Grafton, will undergo significant changes next year.
"The planning for our Trenayr TAFE campus is well known in the community, and has been informed by customer choice over the last five years," she said.
"Trenayr-based training delivery is moving 10 minutes to Grafton at the end of the year.
"Training will be delivered from our full-service campus at Grafton, which has disabilities services, a library, a canteen and learner support services.
"At Trenayr we are looking at a range of options including how the site can be repurposed for high demand activity.
"Any proceeds from a sale would be reinvested back into our learning services."
Ms McGregor said the review of North Coast TAFE services reflected changes in demand for them from industry and students.
"It has also been assessing those patterns against current building and land usage to determine their fitness to meet emerging needs," she said.
"This includes assessing the way industry and learners now use technology to develop knowledge and skills in a digital world. This work informs future investments to make sure TAFE meets those changing needs and demands. It is an ongoing planning process, as would be expected in a changing world.
"It's important to know that any sale of vacant land or asset identified as being surplus or underutilised, would be reinvested back into TAFE services.
"The reinvestment would aim to improve course delivery and reach through the provision of relevant, modern facilities and technologies that are flexible, fit for purpose and up to industry standard."