Education bodies show no interest in Glenormiston College

TWO educational institutions have ruled out taking over Glenormiston College as other potential suitors play their cards close to their chest.

Marcus Oldham College and Deakin University have both expressed no intention to take control of the south-west site, seven years after a bidding war erupted over the historic college.

Goulburn Ovens TAFE has declined to comment on its intentions despite co-managing the National Centre for Dairy Education at Terang.

The Shepparton-based institute was one of the organisations that flagged interest in taking over Glenormiston College eight years ago after the University of Melbourne pulled out from operating the site.

Marcus Oldham principal Simon Livingstone said the college already has two campuses located at Geelong and Drysdale, on the Bellarine Peninsula. 

He said while the college has a national focus and enjoyed solid enrolments across its courses, it did not have plans to establish a presence at Glenormiston. 

“The acquisition of further facilities does not currently fit into the college’s strategic direction,” Dr Livingstone said. 

“Marcus Oldham has ambitious plans under way to further develop its main campus over the coming  years. 

“This development will include the construction of a student recreational hub along with additional infrastructure for its Centre for the Study of Rural Australia.”

Deakin University released a statement last year which expressed no interest in taking over the state government-run site.

South West TAFE announced in October it would wind up its operations at Glenormiston College by March, bringing four decades of agricultural education to a close.

alex.sinnott@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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