Walsh to back our stu­dents if elected

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

IF ELECTED the Lib­eral Na­tion­als have pledged to sup­port ru­ral stu­dents choos­ing to study ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tions away from home.

Mem­ber for Mur­ray Plains Peter Walsh (pic­tured be­low) said an elected Lib­eral Na­tion­als Gov­ern­ment would pro­vide $600,000 over four years to cre­ate the Ru­ral Ter­tiary Net­work, a pro­gram link­ing new stu­dents with other stu­dents who have faced the chal­lenge of set­tling into univer­sity or TAFE away from home.

“The Ru­ral Ter­tiary Net­work will pro­vide vi­tal sup­port at one of the most im­por­tant times of their lives, help­ing them set­tle into new sur­round­ings and life away from fam­ily and friends,” Mr Walsh said.

“This ad­di­tional sup­port will make sure our lo­cal young peo­ple have the con­fi­dence to tackle univer­sity life.’’

A lack of tran­si­tional sup­port for re­gional stu­dents who re­lo­cate for study was one of the key chal­lenges iden­ti­fied in a 2013 re­port from the Re­gional Pol­icy Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee.

Other chal­lenges in­cluded iso­la­tion from friends and fam­ily, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­de­pen­dent liv­ing for the first time, cul­ture shock and ad­just­ing to an en­vi­ron­ment where they are one of many high-achiev­ing stu­dents.

Shadow Min­is­ter for Skills, Train­ing and Ap­pren­tice­ships Steph Ryan said a pop-up hub would also be es­tab­lished as a base for ru­ral stu­dents and their fam­i­lies as they start life at univer­sity.

“Young peo­ple from coun­try Vic­to­ria de­serve the same op­por­tu­ni­ties as city kids,” Ms Ryan said.

“The Lib­eral Na­tion­als will help more stu­dents from ru­ral and re­gional Vic­to­ria over­come the ob­sta­cles bar­ring them from ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion, be it univer­sity or vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

“Our Ru­ral Ter­tiary Net­work will give them the sup­port they need to tackle a ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.”

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