Murwillumbah resident Elly McGarn doesn't want to see Murwillumbah's TAFE campus close. She has studied there in the past and hopes to return, but believes the lack of a central campus would make study more difficult.Photo: Liana Turner / Tweed Daily News
Murwillumbah resident Elly McGarn doesn't want to see Murwillumbah's TAFE campus close. She has studied there in the past and hopes to return, but believes the lack of a central campus would make study more difficult.Photo: Liana Turner / Tweed Daily News Liana Turner

TAFE director promises to keep courses at M’bah

NORTH Coast TAFE director Elizabeth McGregor has given assurances the education provider will continue to offer courses at Murwillumbah, irrespective of whether or not the sale of the current building goes ahead.

Ms McGregor received a letter from Tweed Shire Council Mayor Katie Milne urging the “imminent” sale of the building be put on hold for three months, following the March 3 meeting.

The move was in response to a community outcry over a NSW Cabinet-in-confidence document leak, proposing divestment of the site, valued at $2.96 million.

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“We are finalising our response, and out of courtesy, will wait until council has received the response and we have had a chance to discuss it further before circulating it more widely,” Ms McGregor said.

“The Murwillumbah community can be confident that North Coast TAFE is committed to staying in Murwillumbah irrespective of any plans for our current building.

“These plans are subject to ongoing discussions and of course, much of this is commercial in confidence.

“Planning for 2017 is at early stages and offerings will be advertised as usual a bit later in the year.”

“We expect that those programs which experience high demand this year will be offered again next year.”

North Coast TAFE management has previously confirmed a planned transition to move from the existing Murwillumbah site was underway, however it was not expected before 2017.



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