The removal today of Dapto TAFE signage from its campus signals the end of an era of a once bustling campus with 658 students and 111 teaching staff, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson said today.

“The State Government systematically gutted the Dapto TAFE campus since the very day it was first elected in March 2011.

“For the last five years it deliberately ran down its facilities and its courses, discouraged student enrolments and hived off its staff to other campuses in the Illawarra.

“The removal of the Dapto TAFE campus signage today represents the end of an era for education and vocational training in the area”, she said.

The Dapto TAFE campus site will now be used by the NSW Police Force as part of its armed offenders program over the next three years following a lease agreement with the State Government.

Ms Watson said that she had requested a briefing from the Minister for Police, The Hon Troy Grant MP, on the usage of the site by the NSW Police Force.

Ms Watson has also asked the Minister for Skills, The Hon John Barilaro MP, a series of questions on notice, including details of the total amount to be paid for the lease as well as details of the costs of leasing of shopfront premises in the Dapto CBD to establish a new interactive learning centre.

The Minister is required under Parliamentary rules to provide an answer within the next 35 days.


9 March 2016