Education Agriculture | August 29, 2018

Refurbishment of Agribusiness Centre urgently required

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy and Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh recently visited Longerenong College to discuss the importance of training in agriculture and to see first-hand the urgent need for further investment to refurbish the College’s Agribusiness Centre.

“Redevelopment of the Agribusiness Centre is a priority project for Longerenong College and we have seen firsthand their buildings which are significantly dated and require urgent works,” Ms Kealy said.

“Daniel Andrews talks about the importance of agriculture, but has neglected Longerenong College and their tireless efforts to deliver quality agribusiness training in Western Victoria.

“The Andrews Labor Government must immediately fund the redevelopment of the Longerenong College Agribusiness Centre, allowing the college to continue to provide the quality learning environment that agriculture students are entitled to and expect.”

Student numbers at Longerenong College continue to grow, forcing the college to put a cap on student numbers in 2015.

Mr Walsh said the increased student enrolments were a credit to the management and staff at Longerenong College and clearly demonstrated the ongoing demand for their agricultural courses.

“Longerenong College isn’t just important to Horsham and western Victoria. Its agricultural courses draw students from right across the State and helps support our world-class food and fibre producers,” Mr Walsh said.

“It was great to see how the investment made by the last Nationals Government has boosted training in the region and to get a briefing on the priorities for the College going forward.

“I look forward to working with Emma Kealy to ensure Longerenong retains its status as a centre of excellence for agricultural training in Victoria”.

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