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Port Augusta/Whyalla Australian Technical College: Joint media statement.

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Joint Media Release

Minister for Vocational and Technical Education, Member for Grey, Barry Wakelin MP the Hon Gary Hardgrave MP


14 October 2005

Minister for Vocational and Technical Education, the Hon Gary Hardgrave MP, and Member for Grey, Barry Wakelin MP, today announced the successful proponents for the establishment of an Australian Technical College in the Port Augusta/Whyalla region.

Mr Hardgrave said today’s announcement proves how foolish both the federal and state Labor Party were in coming out against the community receiving this Australian Technical College.

A consortium comprising the Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie Incorporated and the Upper Spencer Gulf Industry and Regional Development Group (USGIRDG) will now enter into a contract negotiation stage with the Australian Government for the establishment of a College.

“This is great news for the people of the Port Augusta/Whyalla region and proves the commitment and dedication of the local community, business and industry to this great Australian Government initiative,” Mr Hardgrave said.

“USGIRDG are proposing to have the principal site of the College at Port Augusta with satellite sites in Whyalla, Port Pirie, Roxby Downs and Port Lincoln and this is great news for the people of the Upper Spencer Gulf.

“The College proposes to offer trade training in the form of a School-Based New Apprenticeship in metals and engineering, automotive and electro-technology, building and construction and commercial cookery.”

Member for Grey, Barry Wakelin MP, also welcomed the announcement saying it was a win for the entire Upper Spencer Gulf.


“I welcome the determination of the community and the Australian Government to support the establishment of an Australian Technical College in the Grey electorate in the face of minority Labor view,” Mr Wakelin.

“It is reassuring to know that at a time of skill needs, there is a government that wants to help young people make their future and be at least 12 months in to their School-Based New Apprenticeship by the end of Year 12.

“Parents and students will welcome an option that allows the completion of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) whilst undertaking an apprenticeship.”

Mr Hardgrave and Mr Wakelin said the reason the Australian Government was establishing the Colleges was to get more young people into traditional trades and to provide them with more choice in years 11 and 12.

“I look forward to working with USGIRDG to provide the best outcome for the people of our region,” Mr Wakelin said.

Media contact: Suzanne Ferguson 0402 896 100

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