SKILLS MINISTER REFUSES TO RULE OUT SALE OF BELMONT TAFE
Under scrutiny from the NSW Labor Opposition, Minister Barilaro was unable to provide any certainty as to the future of Belmont TAFE Campus:
The Hon. DANIEL MOOKHEY: Minister, can you guarantee that neither Chullora, Singleton or Scone Campuses are going to be closed or sold?
The Hon. JOHN BARILARO: …What I have said is that if there is an opportunity to recycle any asset of TAFE that isn’t a part of today’s needs or future needs for the growth of the organisation, we would look at it.
The Hon. DANIEL MOOKHEY: Minister can you guarantee that [Belmont] Campus will not be sold off or closed?
The Hon. JOHN BARILARO: I refer to my previous answer. If there is divesment, we will make that clear to the public. I am not ruling any campus, or asset, in or out.
Quotes attributable to Member for Swansea Yasmin Catley
“The Minister had a clear chance to tell the people of the Swansea electorate that Belmont TAFE Campus will remain open into the future, but today he has refused.
“Our community is worried about the future of Belmont TAFE Campus and today the Minister squandered his chance to provide any future certainty to the students and families who rely on Belmont TAFE.
“The Liberals are ripping essential services out of our community. Already we’ve seen them axe our motor registry, close down our local Medicare and Centrelink offices and now they want to shut our TAFE too.
“I call on the Minister to clarify the government’s position and provide certainty to our community. The question is simple: Does the Government have any plans to close Belmont TAFE Campus?”