Govt blocks local study opportunity
THE academic world is doing its bit to boost the educational and professional future of the Gympie region.
But the state government has blocked much-demanded expansion of tertiary training at Gympie's one-time educational precinct in Cartwright Rd.
Having downgraded Gympie TAFE by taking much of its facilities to other campuses to the south and north, the state government has gone a step further by refusing to allow a much more positive education provider to take up the slack.
The University of the Sunshine Coast plan is to lease out one of the TAFE campus buildings, left empty by the contraction of Gympie-based teaching.
It wants to give Gympie people the chance to study, or at least life in Gympie region, so they can continue to contribute to the regional economy.
USC vice chancellor Greg Hill sees a brighter future for Gympie region if its young people can learn and apply their skills, while living right here.
It also provides subsidised bus fares to its Sippy Downs campus, so students can at least live here.
The university building is full to bursting and the university wants to lease more space from the government.
The state government has not responded.