TAFE sold but opposition continues

Filed in Just In by March 30, 2021

TODAY Racing New South Wales announced they had successfully purchased the Scone TAFE campus for $4 million, while the Unions have said they will continue with a community meeting tomorrow to oppose the government’s decision.

Peter V’landys, chief executive officer of Racing NSW said they intend to keep the Flemington Drive campus as an education facility.

“Racing NSW will offer extensive courses for the thoroughbred racing industry, which is one of the largest employers in the region and will also work with TAFE NSW and the local community to ensure there is the right mix of other courses available at the facility to provide the necessary skilled labour for the region,” Mr V’landys said.

Angelo Gavrielatos, NSW Teachers Federation President said the community meeting scheduled for 6pm tomorrow in Scone will go ahead and they will consider their next actions. 

“It is disgraceful that the sale process for Scone TAFE has been conducted with little or no consultation with industries outside racing and no input from the wider community,” Mr Gavrielatos said.

“The Teachers Federation is appalled at the haste of the sale and the way the Berejiklian government has put the profits from selling off a public asset before the needs of the community,” he said.

“This sale casts real doubt on the long-term future of the Flemington Drive site once the three-year lease-back expires. At a time when we should be expanding the role of TAFE in regional areas, the NSW Government has sold off the campus to private interests,” Angelo Gavrielatos said.

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