Haylen Condemns Planned Closure Of Petersham TAFE

Haylen Condemns Planned Closure Of Petersham TAFE

New South Wales Member for Summer Hill Jo Haylen

Petersham Campus A Victim Of TAFE’s Cuts

Victor P Taffa

Member for Summer Hill Jo Haylen has condemned the planned closure of West Street campus of Petersham TAFE and called on the campus to remain a public education facility.

The campus is reportedly due to close by the end of the year, with existing courses and staff moved to nearby campuses in Crystal Street, Enmore and Ultimo.

“Baird is to blame for the loss of West Street campus.” Member for Summer Hill Jo Haylen said.

The campus did not appear on a leaked list of assets due to be divested last year and comes after a reported loss of 20% of Sydney TAFE’s student body following deep cuts to funding and fee increases under the Baird Government.

“If the Government refuses to maintain West Street as a TAFE campus, they should categorically keep the property in public hands.” Ms. Haylen said.

West Street TAFE was once a girls’ high school and Ms. Haylen and the Teacher’s Federation are calling for the campus to remain in public hands.

“The systematic dismantling of TAFE under this Premier has led to casualties across the State and I’m disappointed Petersham is now one of them.” Shadow Minister for Skills Prue Car said.

Ms. Haylen notes the Government is yet to release any information about its education and health plans in relation to the Parramatta Road and Sydenham to Bankstown corridors, which will see thousands of additional dwellings in the area.

The adjoining public school is reportedly at capacity and pressure on other local schools is increasing rapidly.

“The Baird Government has slashed funding and hiked fees under their Smart and Skilled agenda, all with the view of shrinking TAFE.” Ms. Car said.

Staffs have reportedly been consulted about the closure and courses will end at West Street after Semester 2, 2016.

“If the Government won’t keep this campus as a TAFE, it should be reverted to its original purpose a as school.” Organiser for the Teachers’ Federation Rob Long said.

The campus currently houses languages, outreach, child studies, communication and radio classes, as well as services including security and a student library.