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Glenormiston College still not open

Despite declaring to re-open Glenormiston College this year, the Victorian Government has failed its claim and potential students.

Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, said the agricultural college is still shut.

“Glenormiston still has no students, no teachers, and no hope of opening any time soon”, Mr Ramsay said.

The college at Noorat, near Terang in the state’s south west, closed in 2014 after 47 years as an agricultural college and education precinct.

“In July last year, the Andrews Government announced it would be re-opened this year under an agreement with Acknowledge Education.

“But as far as I know, there has been no sale agreement and no education providers are in place”.

However, Mr Ramsay said this has not stopped the Labor Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens, from claiming that Glenormiston is open this year.

“In February Ms Couzens put a document on her webpage Us-Vs-Them, declaring Glenormiston would be ‘reopened for training in 2017’.

‘Not only is this incorrect, but it is deceptive and blatantly unfair to those students, and their parents, who were planning to begin their lives in agriculture this year.

“Again, this is Labor at it’s very best – all talk, lots of bright lights – and absolutely no action.

“Ms Couzens needs to apologise and so does the Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney,” said Mr Ramsay.

“I appreciate the Minister is thoroughly distracted and out of depth in her other portfolio of Corrections, but it is no excuse for false claims and a failure to deliver for the students of Victoria”.

“If they can’t reach an agreement with stakeholders, or deliver on their promises, they should at least be honest about it for the student’s sake so they can plan for their education elsewhere”.