South West Coast MP Roma Britnell says it’s encouraging news tertiary agriculture qualifications will be offered in the region from next year.
Mrs Britnell said news Hamilton based Rural Industries Skills Training Centre (RIST) has partnered with the Central Queensland University (CQU) to offer a Batchelor of Agriculture shows there is demanded for such qualifications.
“RIST have long been leaders in agricultural education in south-west Victoria,” Mrs Britnell said.
“I’ve spoken with RIST and am told the phone has been running off the hook with people making inquiries about the course.
“This is fabulous news for our region and I congratulate RIST for its forward thinking approach.”
Mrs Britnell said she hoped the news would encourage Deakin University to not miss an opportunity as it rebuilds the Warrnambool campus.
“Deakin said it will explore agriculture courses and I hope they are genuine about that, it’s something I’ve long been advocating for and have been working on with the university for many years,” Mrs Britnell said.
“There is clearly a demand for these types of courses. It would be remiss of Deakin to ignore that demand while it tries to re-establish in Warrnambool.
“Deakin has said it will keep courses that provide jobs suited to local industries, there is no bigger local industry than agriculture.
“It makes sense courses in the agriculture field are offered in the south-west rather than in Melbourne.”