Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Terry Redman
Redman Welcomes Cowan Report
Victor P Taffa
Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman has welcomed the release of the Cowan Report on Post-Secondary Agricultural Education in Western Australia.
The report by former Deputy Premier Hendy Cowan was tabled in State Parliament today by Education Minister Liz Constable.
It proposed that Muresk become a multi-use facility offering Agricultural Higher Education Qualifications, TAFE Qualifications, Short-Term Industry Training and Farm-Based Research.
“Muresk is a landmark of WA Agriculture, so I’m very pleased that years of tradition in Agricultural Education at Muresk will continue.” Mr. Redman said.
“I look forward to seeing the courses being offered by the C Y O’Connor College of TAFE, and urge Curtin, Murdoch and UWA to take advantage of the facilities at Muresk.”
The Cowan Report also identified the need for a more skilled Agricultural Workforce.
“One of my key goals as Agriculture and Food Minister is to promote a positive profile of agriculture and encourage more young people to pursue a career in the industry.” the Minister said.
“Agriculture offers exciting and rewarding careers across a range of fields, and yet at the moment we do not have enough tertiary graduates to fill all the jobs on offer.”
“It is important that we continue to build on the recommendations of the Cowan report to ensure Agriculture continues to be a dynamic and productive Industry for WA.” Mr. Redman said.