TAFE students can travel free on bus

CONTRADICTING recent claims from Federation Training, a free bus service runs daily from Sale College to the Fulham TAFE campus.

Federation Training managing director Jonathon Davis, responding to the Gippsland Times' questions about accessibility, said the campus was not accessible.

"The student numbers at Fulham have declined because Fulham is not accessible by public transport," he told the Times earlier this month.

"That is why we are working closely with Wellington Shire and the government to identify new training facilities in the centre of Sale."

Transport for Victoria also responded to the Gippsland Times' questions about a bus service.

A spokesperson said demand would be monitored for future services.

Currently, TAFE students can apply through Sale College to ride on a bus that leaves the McMillan park at 8.50am every weekday, and leaves the Fulham campus at 2.45pm every afternoon, according to Sale College's bus coordinator Beth Lanigan.

Transport for Victoria said six students currently used the service, while Ms Lanigan noted that while six applications had been handed in, the service was usually only used by one or two students, and sometimes not every day.

Travel is free for current students, and anyone more than two years out of secondary school would have to hold a current Working With Children Check.

"There definitely is a bus," Ms Lanigan said.

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