Lone trade centre 'breaks promise'

CONFIRMATION that only one Trade Training Centre will be constructed in Gympie is yet another broken promise from the Rudd/Gillard Labor governments, according to Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss.

He said he welcomed this week's advice of $5.25 million of Federal Government funding but the project was well short of what was promised at the 2007 Federal election.

"During the 2007 election campaign, when Prime Minister Gillard was Labor's education spokesperson, she promised that a Federal Labor Government would fund the construction of a Trade Training Centre in each of Australia's 2650 secondary schools," he said.

Now, instead of providing each of the Cooloola region's secondary schools with their own Trade Training Centre, Ms Gillard had broken her promise and would provide only one, which would be expected to service Gympie State High School, Mary Valley State College, St Patrick's College, Tin Can Bay P-10 State School, Victory College Cooloola Christian College and James Nash State High School, Mr Truss said.

The Trade Training Centre would be principally located at James Nash State High School and had a budgeted cost of up to $5.25 million.

"I support greater investment in skills development to help young people reach their potential, but Labor has been dishonest about its offer to schools and what it will actually deliver.

"It adds to Labor's long litany of broken promises," he said.

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