The State Liberals have labelled TAFE SA’s decision to immediately discontinue the only trackriding course in South Australia as disgraceful.
The State Liberals have been contacted by students from the course who have been left in the lurch by the Weatherill Labor Government’s decision.
TAFE SA is the sole training provider for the Racing Industry in SA.
South Australia is now the only mainland state in Australia without a trackriding course.
“The decision to cut this course is nothing more than a complete disgrace,” said Shadow Minister for Skills and Training David Pisoni.
“Higher Education and Skills Minister Susan Close must explain why this course has been cut and why no alternative has been offered.
“TAFE SA must also fully reimburse all students for fees that they have already paid for these courses.
“The State Liberals understand that even if Thoroughbred Racing SA found an interstate TAFE or Private Trainer to run courses for them, the Weatherill Labor Government would not provide the subsidy provided to TAFE SA, so students would be saddled with much higher fees.
“South Australia has a proud horse racing history and has produced a number of esteemed jockeys who have progressed through the ranks here in our state.
“There is now a very real risk that young South Australians will move interstate and pursue their racing careers there.
“At a time when we have the highest unemployment in the State, this decision is staggering.”