South Australian Treasurer Rob Lucas yesterday announced the 2018 State Budget, which included one surprising savings measure; the closure of seven different TAFE campuses around SA, including the campus in Roxby Downs.
The measure included in this year's budget will see the closure of both the Roxby Downs and Coober Pedy TAFE campuses, meaning there will no longer be a TAFE campus north of Port Augusta in South Australia.
Chair of The Roxby Downs Community Board, Sandy Sumsion, said she was shocked to hear of the decision in yesterday's announcement.
Member for Giles, Eddie Hughes, said the decision to close the Roxby Downs TAFE campus is "short-sighted."
"TAFE does provide vocational training in regional areas, the chance of getting a private sector provider to move into the area is highly unlikely."
Mr Hughes said the closure will mean students will need to travel to complete their training.
"The nearest TAFE campus now is down at Port Augusta.
"There's 42 students at the TAFE campus in Roxby Downs at the moment.
"Sometimes it's just not appreciated in the metropolitan area, just what businesses people have to cover."
In a statement provided to RoxFM, TAFE SA interim Chief Executive Alex Reid said despite the closure of the campus "there will be no reduction in training activity in Roxby Downs."
"We are confident that we can continue to deliver training in Roxby Downs without maintaining a campus.
"TAFE SA Roxby Downs already conducts a significant amount of training off-campus, in workplaces and fit-for-purpose facilities in the local region" such as "the Roxby Downs Shearing Shed and the Oakden Hills Shearing Shed.
"There will be extensive consultation regarding the training activity prior to any change, particularly with staff, industry, the local area school, council and the surrounding community."
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