Education funding cuts threaten Belmont TAFE

RED ALERT: NSW Greens MPs gather at Belmont TAFE to address students and staff about funding cuts.
RED ALERT: NSW Greens MPs gather at Belmont TAFE to address students and staff about funding cuts.

BELMONT TAFE is at risk of being sold, the NSW Greens told students and staff at a public address held on campus last week.

Under the state government’s Smart and Skilled reforms, TAFE has to compete for funding with for-profit training providers. 

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said budget cuts and funding uncertainty had resulted in Hunter campuses losing students, courses and staff. 

Greens MP John Kaye claimed that the Belmont campus could be sold as courses were cut or centralised to Newcastle.

 ‘‘We are very concerned that people in Lake Macquarie will lose access to high quality training and education,’’ Mr Kay said.

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