Agricultural Training Colleges essential
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.