The Border Watch : March 19th 2014
8 opinion EDITORIAL NEWS Mount Gambier City Council will not financially support a specialist cancer centre in Warrnambool could be a lost opportunity While council’s argument that the $30m cancer centre is outside of its jurisdiction has some merit, the new centre will be arguably the closest specialist cancer facility to Mount Gambier that will ever be built. What is clear is that Mount Gambier does not have the population catchment to attract such a large integrated cancer centre. Although on paper it may seem to make more sense to support our own hospital, The Border Watch understands the Warrnambool-based radiotherapy centre had plans to forge synergies and links with the Mount Gambier Hospital. Importantly, the facility - which gained significant Federal Government funding - also promoted the fact that it would welcome cancer sufferers from Mount Gambier and across the Limestone Coast. Given it is a five hour drive to access radiotherapy services in Adelaide, the two-hour drive to Warrnambool would be a better scenario for people undergoing regular cancer treatment. It is also surprising to learn the issue was not discussed on the floor of council given other funding requests - which are much smaller in size - regularly appear in the council agenda papers and are debated in the chamber. It is clear the project’s proponents are disappointed with council’s position after holding meetings with Mount Gambier elected members and staff. And given the fact council has yet to debate the matter formerly, maybe councillors should publicly discuss the issue in the public arena given the potential ramifications for our community. While a $100,000 donation may have put too much pressure on council’s budget, a smaller financial contribution would have forged a positive relationship between the two regional centres. With former cancer sufferers in Mount Gambier expressing their bewilderment with the decision, maybe council should further investigate the positive benefits to the city before rejecting the proposal. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Training organisation rejects ‘misinformed’ criticism ON A recent visit to Mount Gambier and reading the letters to the editor (The Border Watch, page 12, February 28), I was amazed at the comments of Grant District Mayor Richard Sage regarding a “training program rort”. 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There are not many events like the Family Fun Day in Mount Gambier. HELEN THORN Mount Gambier It is a shame. There are not enough activities like it in Mount Gambier. It would be a definite loss for the community and families. BRADLEY KIRK Tarpeena That is a shame. It would be disappointing for families who enjoy the event. The comments made are misinformed and showed a lack of knowledge associated with the operation of registered training organisations (RTOs). I own such a RTO and offer the local community in Mount Gambier training programs that will enable each member of the community to seek and secure employment or to advance their career in their chosen field of work. RTOs have existed since the late 1980s and their introduction was to provide a field of competition with other providers, such as TAFE, whereby the quality and outcome of training was enhanced. In Mount Gambier, my RTO trainers live and work in the area, providing quality training to local and nearby residents based on the way in which each individual wants to learn. We provide classroom training, one-on-one coaching, workplace mentoring, a support network and on-job application - a process that TAFE is not able to provide and in fact enhances the person’s opportunity to improve their skills. As for the “Mickey Mouse” courses as described in the article, all RTOs are registered and monitored in performance by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and if Richard has evidence of non-compliance with the required standards he should stand up and lodge a complaint to the authority. As for the comment about RTOs hiring sheds and fleecing the system, the government funding across a number of programs, within my RTO, are paid to the local trainers, who in turn spend the money back into the local community and also sponsor a number of community activities. The training organisation that I engage with in Mount Gambier has a proven track record in providing nationally accredited qualifications with in excess of a 90pc rating for trainee satisfaction, employer satisfaction and more importantly securing employment on completion of the program. I would also like to point out that I respect those engaged in training services under the TAFE infrastructure. In fact I have many colleagues, friends and associates within TAFE and have on many occasions worked alongside many for the good of the local community. Instead of Richard Sage posturing on his views of inherent unfairness, he needs to inform himself of the current system and seek to improve it for the betterment of those who need it most - the local community. Our RTO lives to the belief in “making good people … great”. We offer all our students a rainbow (the colours representing the way in which they choose to learn) and at the end of the rainbow is a pot of gold and therein lies a future, a career and a lifestyle. John Heidt Executive director Training, Innovation, Management and Enterprise National Provider 40058 ViSiT US onLinE borderwatch.com.au STREET SWEEPER How do you feel about the potential cancellation of the Mayoress Family Fun Day at Frew Park?
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