Grafton TAFE students join organiser Kathy Nicholson, Greens NSW MLC John Kaye and federal Greens senator Lee Rhiannon to protest cuts to TAFE services.
Grafton TAFE students join organiser Kathy Nicholson, Greens NSW MLC John Kaye and federal Greens senator Lee Rhiannon to protest cuts to TAFE services. Adam Hourigan

TAFE cuts will hurt the whole of the Clarence

PLANS to sell off two Clarence Valley TAFE campuses at Maclean and Trenayr will do more than gut vocational training in the region says the ALP candidate for Page Janelle Saffin.

Ms Saffin, who announced she was running for her old electorate yesterday, was in Grafton on Tuesday protesting against TAFE cuts.

She said the region will lose both students and their teachers when the campuses close.

She and the Federal Opposition spokesperson for vocational training Sharon Bird were part of a demonstration against TAFE cuts in Grafton on Tuesday.

"In many regional areas. TAFE is the only vocational education provider that young people can access," she said.

"TAFE also provides access to critical courses that no other provider delivers, especially for apprentices."

Ms Bird said with youth unemployment in the region at 9.2% the government needed to be investing in TAFEs rather than shutting them down.

The new Federal Minister for Vocational Trading, Luke Hartsuyker, whose electorate of Cowper takes in Maclean, said it always disappointing to see a TAFE campus close.

But he said the nature of vocational trading was changing and there were more providers available.



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