CORANGAMITE Shire mayor Chris O’Connor has called for more students to consider TAFE’s diploma of agriculture course at Glenormiston to ensure its future.
He encouraged school leavers and others seeking further qualifications to consider a professional career in agriculture and highlighted the dairy industry, where the great south coast region provides 23 per cent of Australia’s milk output and employs 7400 people.
Cr O’Connor said stronger enrolments were needed to prolong the agriculture course at South West TAFE’s Glenormiston campus.
“I want to make sure people know it is offered here in our shire and is an option worth serious consideration,” he said.
“From livestock and pasture management to breeding strategies, pest and disease control, financial management, farm equipment operations and quality assurance, the diploma course provides the base from which people can embark upon any number of agriculture courses.”
Cr O’Connor said almost 35 per cent employees in Corangamite Shire were in agriculture.
“It is so important to our ongoing prosperity that agriculture continues to be an attractive option to job seekers — new or existing,” he said.