TAFE hopes

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UPDATED: The state budget includes $25 million for a new Federation Training campus at the Port of Sale.

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AFTER 14 years, exasperated locals are hoping for some clarity on the future of vocational education in Sale when the state budget is released today.

State government and TAFE sources have indicated to the Gippsland Times that an announcement is imminent.

Last week, while attending the official Gippsland Tech School opening in Morwell to announce $1.96 million in funding for Federation Training, Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney could not specify if any funding was for Sale.

“This is a question that has been a question for some time,” she said.

“I am not in a position today to make comment in relation to facilities, but what I can say is, again, there has been a number of discussions throughout Gippsland in terms of the future of Federation Training and what that might look like and what that might entail.

“I can say that I am satisfied that … those discussions are making progress and there is optimism, I think, in terms of where we are going with that issue.”

While specific campus allocations weren’t provided, the funding will go towards new training in horticulture, conservation management, health, photography and construction across Federation Training’s Gippsland campuses.

The funding is also expected to deliver the skills needed to accelerate the region’s Paddock to Plate Program, promoting Gippsland’s food tourism industry.

“After years of devastating cuts by the previous Liberal Government, we’re making the investments needed to rebuild our TAFE system,” Ms Tierney said.

The money will come from the Regional and Specialist Training Fund, part of the state government’s Skills First initiative, delivering training to respond to industry-led demand for specific skills in regions and specialist areas.

Updates will be posted on the Gippsland Times website.