Tele-education and agriculture focal points for regional development
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.