Bendigo TAFE could be closed: Opposition

Bendigo TAFE could be forced to close, according to the state opposition. 

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said government funding cuts and feasibility reviews of campuses were “real concerns” and called on the government to say if the local campus would close. 

“There’s a lot of talk around Bendigo and it’s not unreasonable for us to simply put (forward) the question,” he said. 

“We’re hearing this, the transition plans detail it – it’s not unfeasible to ask the National Party to rule this out.”

Member for Northern Victoria Damian Drum said the TAFE could close, but that it wasn’t likely

“There’s a chance it could close ... that’s all up in the air,” he said. 

“We’ve got a proper planning process about what will be the best use of that site in the future for all Bendigonians. “It will use experts to look at the buildings and look at the best use of those buildings in the future.” 

Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said Mr Drum should “come clean with the local community about what is going on behind closed doors”. 

“There is a question over the future of this campus here in Bendigo,” she said. 

“And that’s of grave concern.” 

A spokesman for the TAFE said the organisation was a vital part of the community. 

“The door here is open to everyone,” he said. 

“We want to continue delivering educational opportunities to Bendigo and the region.

“The preferred option is remaining autonomous and staying open for the public.” 

The spokesman said the TAFE was working closely with the government. 

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