Agri­cul­tural Train­ing Col­leges es­sen­tial

Chinchilla News - - NEWS | OPINION - — Colin Boyce, Have your say SEND in your let­ter to the ed­i­tor to ed­i­to­[email protected] chin­

I WRITE to ex­press my con­cerns re­gard­ing the fu­ture of Queens­land’s Agri­cul­tural Train­ing Col­leges.

These are im­por­tant, well-de­vel­oped re­sources that are an es­sen­tial place of learn­ing.

Not ev­ery­one wants to at­tend a city-based univer­sity when they leave school.

A hands-on path­way to fur­ther de­velop their skills needs to be kept open as a choice for our agri­cul­tural en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists of the fu­ture.

Ag col­leges of­fer the chance to work with dif­fer­ent breeds of an­i­mals, crop pro­duc­tion, and de­velop en­vi­ron­men­tal science skills.

City-based youth, as well as ru­ral, need these train­ing col­leges to pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive op­tion to the tra­di­tional univer­sity choices.

If the La­bor govern­ment con­tin­ues to cut fund­ing to agri­cul­tural pro­grams, such as the School to In­dus­try Part­ner­ship Pro­gram and now the Agri­cul­tural Train­ing Col­leges, what will be­come of our ru­ral in­dus­tries?

Min­is­ter Furner needs to con­sider the im­pact that the clos­ing of these col­leges will have on my elec­torate and the youth of Queens­land.

He will be sti­fling the growth of the fastest­grow­ing in­dus­try in Aus­tralia, in­stead of help­ing Queens­land main­tain its rep­u­ta­tion for high-qual­ity pro­duce.

Farm­ers are the REAL en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists.

Mem­ber for Cal­lide

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