A group of community members have called on the NSW government to invest millions planned for a new TAFE building into Bega’s current campus.
A snap protest was held outside Member for Bega Andrew Constance’s Bega office on Wednesday, December 12, in response to the announcement the current campus would close when a new $17million college opened in 2021.
They also wanted Mr Constance to consult with local teachers over plans.
Kim Hitchcock of Bega said the reason she had a job was thanks to the fact she went to Bega TAFE.
“If I hadn’t had the opportunity to go to TAFE at that point in my life, I might still be a single mum with nothing to do,” she said.
“I needed that one-on-one contact with teachers. If I hadn’t had that contact I wouldn’t have completed the course.”
Sue Horton from Eden was another protester who disagreed with the plans to close the current campus.
“It’s just another cut for the opportunities, especially for young people, in this area,” she said.
“We should be looking at education as an investment. Computers do not replace teachers.”