Closing ag colleges 'saddens and shocks'

Emerald and Longreach colleges close

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Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd has expressed his shock and sadness at the closure of the Emerald and Longreach agricultural colleges

Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd has expressed his shock and sadness at the closure of the Emerald and Longreach agricultural colleges

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Federal MP Ken O'Dowd is dismayed by the closure of agricultural colleges in Emerald and Longreach

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THE closure of the Emerald and Longreach agricultural colleges has shocked and saddened Federal MP Ken O'Dowd.

The Member for Flynn said the closures illustrated the disregard the Palaszczuk government had for regional Queensland.

"Both colleges provided training and educated future generations of passionate farmers, horticulturalists and pastoralists." Mr O'Dowd said

"The Queensland Government really has a lot to answer for, especially when it comes to investing in the regional Queensland.

"Our agricultural industry has really taken a hit today, as a vital resource for future generations has been shut down.

"Obviously the state government does not respect the future of agriculture in an agricultural state."

Mr O'Dowd said the twin closures came at a critical time with so much of the state in drought.

He also wondered where the government was investing Federal funds meant for education.

"With increased federal funding to education the state government seem to continue cut funding to schools," he said.

"Where is the money going?"

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