SAVE OUR URRBRAE TAFE!

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Hi, I’m Elly and I’m a Diploma of Horticulture student at TAFE SA. Like others working in SA’s horticulture industry, I’m totally gobsmacked at the Marshall government’s recent decision to close Urrbrae TAFE campus.

This beautiful purpose-built campus is the heart of horticulture education in South Australia. Closing Urrbrae will damage SA’s $3 billion* horticulture industry, which needs skilled workers to expand. I’m really worried about the future of our wonderful industry.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. The Marshall government can still secure the future of South Australian horticulture by immediately withdrawing its decision to close Urrbrae TAFE. Our industry needs stability to grow jobs into the future - without the threat of thoughtless cuts that hurt our next generation of leaders.   

Can you add your voice to this petition to keep our wonderful Urrbrae TAFE campus open?

Studying at Urrbrae has been fantastic. The facilities and training I received on campus helped me to gain the skills I needed to get into the industry and start my own garden maintenance business.

Horticulture can’t be taught in a classroom alone. At Urrbrae, we learn to prune grapevines and fruit trees in the campus vineyard and orchard. We get our hands dirty propagating plants in the campus nursery and study water quality in the Urrbrae wetland. We learn to identify and cultivate hundreds of different plants growing on campus and how to treat pests and encourage beneficial insects. The Waite arboretum - next door to Urrbrae TAFE- is our living tree catalogue, with thousands of different species growing under local conditions.

With all these great facilities on our campus why on earth would the state government want to harm our industry by shutting down Urrbrae TAFE? These facilities cannot simply be moved to another campus. And to rebuild them would take years of work and bucket loads of money.

It makes absolutely no sense.

I’m passionate about our wonderful industry and I’m not going to give up until we get our campus back. Steven Marshall can secure the future of South Australian horticulture by immediately withdrawing his decision to close Urrbrae TAFE.

Will you please add your voice to my petition to save our wonderful Urrbrae TAFE before it’s gone forever?

* PIRSA http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/food_and_wine/food/horticulture

 



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