This Wednesday there is an opportunity for us all to discuss the development of a university in Tamworth. As a child of twelve I had to leave my family and home town of Coolah to be able to complete year twelve and then teacher’s college. Later I upgraded my qualifications by studying externally whilst working full time. Most of my working life in education has been spent in what is known as the North West Education Region.
While thankfully there is now year twelve at Coolah Central School and easier access using technology to educational options, there are still many in our community who are prevented from reaching their potential because of limited access. These limitations can be because of financial, family or cultural demands. These good folk can only dream of going to uni, if they even consider it at all. University? Impossible.
Having worked in some very isolated and disadvantaged communities, I have seen firsthand the impact of lack of hope, the numbing affect of nowhere to go in life. People with dreams but crushed into the harsh reality of their situation. TAFE as we knew it has been decimated and so many communities are barely surviving even without this awful drought.
‘Our’ university doesn’t have to be like others, we can make it local, to suit the needs of our broader community. Centred in Tamworth with satellites of learning – just one idea. We are a clever little lot in this part of the state, we are ‘can do’ people and we can do this.
We have an opportunity to address the disadvantage of distance for those wanting to access educational opportunities. I can find nothing negative about this proposal. We will all be the richer.
Please attend the meeting at Wests on Wednesday at 6.00.
Special Events Rates Levy
I support the TRC on this initiative. The residential ratepayers have been sponsoring the commercial enterprise of the city for too long. The major beneficiaries of the TCMF, TRECC, ALECC and most sporting events are the commercial traders, accommodation, entertainment, food and beverage providers.
TRC should have had a differential rate for commercial land owners years ago. Well done TRC councillors for showing a bit of grit.
Surely this must be the last straw for our esteemed member for New England, the government inquiry into the move to Armidale of the APVMA.
Mr Joyce’s "perfect example of decentralisation" turned out to be a total disaster when dozens of highly qualified scientists were unwilling to move.
This follows on from the Murray-Darling river fiasco which happened to coincide with Barnaby’s stint as Deputy Leader and Minister for Agriculture. We now see the latest chapter of the continued mismanagement.
How can the Nationals continue to put up with this incompetence? One answer is that the electors vote for somebody else. In the meantime his party might be able to find a mentor for him.