Labor’s attempt to axe Ag Colleges
THE latest attempt the State Labor Government to axe the Longreach and Emerald Agricultural Colleges comes hot on the heels of the cuts to the School to Industry Partnership Program that has been running for 14 years.
Member for Warrego Ann Leahy said the Longreach and Emerald Agricultural Colleges were fighting for survival with the secret Coaldrake Review now before the State Labor Government, who refused to rule out closing the colleges when questioned by the Liberal National Party in Parliament.
“Labor has form in closing Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, having previously closed the Dalby and Burdekin campuses,” Ms Leahy said.
“SIPP has engaged over 10,000 students and has bolstered students understanding of where our food and fibre comes from. It highlights agricultural job opportunities across our regions.”
Ms Leahy said students from Dalby High School engaged in an Ag Inspiration Tour where the students and teachers visited working farms, students from St George engaged in Ag Connect where farmers visited the schools.
“For many years the SIPP team have been running stands at local shows throughout the state and the Rural Discovery Day at the Ekka to help promote the understanding of agricultural industries,” Ms Leahy said.
“Roma and Mitchell Shows benefited from the SIPP team setting up tents at the shows and supporting the local events.
“Next year’s students and shows will miss out, whilst the Palaszczuk Labor Government presides over dividing communities and agriculture and our remaining Agricultural Colleges face a very uncertain future.”