Canegrowers’ manager of training and development Janice Nelson, Australian Agricultural College Corporation projects officer Palmina Bonaventura and Canegrowers’ chief executive officer Kerry Latter.
Canegrowers’ manager of training and development Janice Nelson, Australian Agricultural College Corporation projects officer Palmina Bonaventura and Canegrowers’ chief executive officer Kerry Latter. Lee Constable

Mackay site battles on

THE Mackay branch of the Australian Agricultural College Corporation (AACC) is likely to battle on, despite dire predictions for the financial viability of the corporation as a whole.

Earlier this week, a review of the AACC by accountancy firm Ernst and Young found the organisation was spiralling towards a $6.8 million loss.

However, the Mackay Delivery Site, which conducts sugar cane industry training programs in conjunction with Canegrowers Mackay, received a positive review from Ernst and Young.

Canegrowers chief executive officer Kerry Latter said even if the Mackay branch were to close, Canegrowers would step in to continue locally-based training.

"Canegrowers established the training and had trainers well prior to the college going in," Mr Latter said.

"However, I feel the success of the Mackay Delivery Site highlights the benefits of a close working relationship between industry and the college in developing relevant outcomes for people seeking work within the industry.

"It is critical for the AACC to be very attuned to the changing needs of industry."

State Member for Mackay Tim Mulherin said he believed the government had exaggerated the operating loss of the AACC in order to justify the withdrawal of funds from the Longreach AACC campus.

A government spokesman said the current focus was on preserving the Longreach campus and however it would continue to monitor the Mackay Delivery Site.


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