Western Australia Minister for Education Elizabeth Constable
Muresk’s Future Secured as an Agricultural Education Institution
Victor P Taffa
Education Minister Liz Constable today released the report by former Deputy Premier Hendy Cowan on Post-Secondary Agricultural Education in Western Australia.
Dr. Constable said with the need to continue to develop skills at all levels in agriculture, the Cowan report had proposed that Muresk become a multi-use facility offering Agricultural Higher Education Qualifications, TAFE Qualifications, short-term industry training and farm-based research.
“We believe that Muresk will continue to make a strong contribution in developing skills needed in the Western Australian Agriculture Industry.” the Minister said.
The Cowan report has identified the need for a more skilled workforce in Agriculture.
“The report found that to meet the challenges and opportunities of WA’s Agricultural Sector, the Rural Workforce need to be more skilled with more secure Career Paths.” the Minister said.
“The report also said that the image of agriculture needed to be changed to recognise the benefits of working in Agriculture in Country WA.”
Curtin University of Technology will continue to use the Muresk campus in 2011 for current students but there will be no new intakes in 2011, and Curtin’s remaining, continuing students will use the Muresk campus for its undergraduate programs until the end of 2012.
CY O’Connor College of TAFE, which is headquartered in Northam, will commence TAFE courses in Agriculture at Muresk from the beginning of 2011, sharing the facilities with Curtin University.
The College is also seeking further accreditation for Associate Degree courses in agriculture to offer from Semester 2 next year to feed into agriculture-related degrees at Curtin and Murdoch universities and The University of WA.
Dr. Constable paid tribute to Mr. Cowan for his thorough coverage of the needs of Agriculture and for his vision of a new style Muresk to meet those needs.