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Tuesday, 15 March 2016 14:23

Regional call to save Warrnambool campus

The Chair of the region's peak body has called on the Federal Government to do all it can to ensure the Great South Coast retains a university campus.

Great South Coast Group Chair Cr Colin Ryan said he would be in Canberra this week seeking federal support for the campus to remain.

"During our visit to Canberra on Wednesday, we will be seeking urgent talks with Education and Training Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham," Cr Ryan said.

"If we lose the university campus, we not only lose about 100 jobs and around $50 million from our regional economy – our young people will lost the option to study close to home."

"We will lose even more young people as they leave to study elsewhere."

Cr Ryan acknowledged that Deakin University had invested heavily in its Warrnambool campus in a bid to counter falling enrolments over recent years.

He also noted that Deakin had been in talks with other tertiary providers to take on the Warrnambool operations.

"We have the lowest education attainment rates in Victoria and we need to do all that we can to ensure that Warrnambool retains its university campus, regardless of which university is operating that campus."

Cr Ryan urged all concerned Great South Coast residents to attend a public forum in Warrnambool on Friday 18 March from 6pm.

"We need as many people there as we can to demonstrate our regional community's absolute commitment to ensuring we retain our university campus," he said.

"We owe it to our young people."

 

Media Contact: Cr Colin Ryan 0418 455 625

14 March, 2016


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