Tele-ed­u­ca­tion and agri­cul­ture focal points for re­gional de­vel­op­ment

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS - By FREYJA POSTLETHWAITE

HIGH qual­ity tele- health ser­vices in Indi should guide the de­vel­op­ment of telee­d­u­ca­tion in the re­gion, ac­cord­ing to Cathy McGowan ( MHR, Indi).

‘ Re­gions at the Ready: In­vest­ing in Aus­tralia’s Fu­ture’, the fi­nal re­port fol­low­ing the 12- month in­quiry by the Se­lect Com­mit­tee on Re­gional De­vel­op­ment and De­cen­tral­i­sa­tion, high­lighted the ben­e­fits of tele- ed­u­ca­tion as mod­elled in Ger­ald­ton, Western Aus­tralia.

Ms McGowan said build­ing a sim­i­lar struc­ture in Indi and around Aus­tralia would im­prove ac­cess to pre­mium ed­u­ca­tion for re­gional and ru­ral stu­dents.

“We have great tele- health ser­vices in Indi and I would like to see a much more for­mal pro­gram de­vel­oped for tele- ed­u­ca­tion,” she said.

“That would cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties to link the com­mu­nity, TAFEs, schools and adult ed­u­ca­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions to high qual­ity learn­ing.”

Boost­ing ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties in Indi would help to im­prove the de­vel­op­ment of other in­dus­tries in the re­gion, par­tic­u­larly agri­cul­ture, man­u­fac­tur­ing and en­ergy.

“Man­u­fac­tur­ing is re­ally im­por­tant in Indi and we need man­agers for man­u­fac­tur­ing,” Ms McGowan said.

“We also need to be able to train mid­dle and se­nior man­age­ment for man­u­fac­tur­ing and that links back to im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties in Indi and re­gional ar­eas.

“There is also a huge in­ter­est in re­new­able en­ergy and there is op­por­tu­nity to grow that sec­tor in Indi.”

Ms McGowan has en­cour­aged com­mu­nity groups and res­i­dents to read the re­gional de­vel­op­ment and de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion re­port and to pro­vide feed­back.

She said Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Vic­to­ria will work with busi­nesses in Indi to en­cour­age new or­gan­i­sa­tions or govern­ment agen­cies to set up in the re­gion.

For a copy of the re­port, con­tact Ms McGowan’s Wan­garatta of­fice on ( 03) 5721 7077 or her Wodonga Of­fice on ( 02) 6024 6284.

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