The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (ICPA) has welcomed the Queensland Government’s overhaul of agricultural training.
The State Government wants to expand the Australian Agricultural College Corporation from five campuses to 14 by selling farmland.
ICPA state president Lorraine McGinnis says it will mean less travel for some students.
“I think anything that brings courses to where people are looking for them – short courses in areas that people are interested in getting not only credentials but skills in – they’re important and if they can be delivered closer to the students and even the adults, well then it’s making good use of both the skills they have to offer the local facilities,” she said.
She says the overhaul means rural students will be able to achieve the education they desire.
“Most of our students now are going to year 12 and then often off to higher education and many of the children when they do go away to boarding school really enjoy being able to take horses and cattle with them,” she said.
“To handle those when they’re at schools that offer those programs currently are very popular, so I think this is an interesting initiative.”