Gympie parent demands minister stand down over closure stink
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
THE future of Queensland agriculture has just been hoodwinked again by the Labor Party Agricultural Minister Mark Furner MP.
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We were told by Mr Furner in December 2018 that the colleges were unviable to continue and were to be effectively shut down in the next 12 months.
Now we find out that the man in charge of this influential and damming report, Professor Peter Coaldrake, is a true Labor party man and just before he handed in his report he allegedly donated $1760 to the Labor Party!
This smells of rotten eggs so badly you cannot run from it Minister Furner.
I also learned at the start of this year the students found out that they could not grow major crops at the college as some bureaucrat in Brisbane sold the water allocation for the Emerald campus to a third party, leaving only enough water for the students to grow a small pasture crop and water stock.
I also recently visited the Emerald campus and was totally shocked at how badly the facilities had slipped.
In my opinion the 2018-19 students have been severely disadvantaged in their education by the strategy the State Government has taken.
I know this being a former student attending the Emerald college and the quality of education these facilities were once capable of.
I believe the Minister Mark Furner should be stood down, with a thorough investigation to be done by the CCC on the actions of the minister, his department and Professor Coaldrake's report in relation to the QATC closures.
The immediate halt to the shutting down of these colleges should be implemented, where a positive new outlook on the education of agriculture for the future of Queensland is taken.