THE state government and Corangamite Shire are strongly aligned in their desire to find an alternative use for the Glenormiston TAFE campus, Corangamite mayor Chris O’Connor says.
Speaking after a meeting yesterday with state Higher Education Minister Peter Hall, both Cr O’Connor and Mr Hall said all options for alternative uses for the campus would be considered including the provision of agricultural education by another provider.
Mr Hall said other uses by organisations and enterprises that would add value to the local community would also be considered.
The meeting was called after South West TAFE last week announced it would next year withdraw from the Glenormiston campus where it has provided agriculture and horticulture courses.
Cr O’Connor said Mr Hall had indicated the Education Department would maintain and secure the campus until an alternative use was found.
“The minister recognised that it was fortunate the council had proactively rezoned the land, through Planning Scheme Amendment C30, because this will allow a wider variety of alternative uses to be considered for the future,” Cr O’Connor said.
He said yesterday’s meeting had also discussed the need to provide quality agriculture education in the south-west given the significance of the agriculture industry to the region.
Cr O’Connor has previously expressed concern that South West TAFE’s withdrawal from Glenormistion would leave the south-west with a “mish-mash” in the delivery of agriculture education.
Mr Hall said while South West TAFE would withdraw from agriculture education at the Glenormiston campus, it would continue to provide agricultural training courses in and around the Corangamite region.