Wudinna's TAFE campus to remain open after review into operations

The state government has backflipped on plans to close TAFE SA's Wudinna campus, but there will be alterations to its operations.

Treasurer Rob Lucas announced last year the Wudinna campus was one of seven across the state to shut its doors by mid-2020, in addition to other regional centres at Roxby Downs and Coober Pedy.

TAFE SA noted that following a review of education and training delivery requirements, it would maintain training activity at Wudinna.

The review included consultation with staff and engagement with the community.

Education Minister John Gardner said last week the Wudinna campus would become a "community hub" from which TAFE SA would run some courses.

Changes to the Wudinna, Urrbrae, Coober Pedy and Roxby Downs campuses will see TAFE provide what it called a "more efficient training presence".

TAFE SA manager of regions Robin O'Dea said the revised plans for the campus provided a positive outcome for students and the community.

"TAFE SA will maintain a presence at the Wudinna campus with a change in lease arrangements to achieve the government's savings targets," Mr O'Dea said.

"It is proposed that an existing staff member will perform more of a community liaison role to ensure we continue meeting the training needs of students and industry in the local area.

"Current training will continue, and the campus will be made more widely available to the community for use as required."

Wudinna District Council chief executive officer Alan McGuire said they were pleased to see the campus would remain open.

"We get to retain a training facility which we otherwise wouldn't had - it was out the door," he said.

"Our proposition to the government suggesting a registered training organisation model would work is what they appear to be pushing to happen to make it more cost-efficient.

"It certainly is good news, and if Iron Road gets up it will flow into what's required of a growing community."

He said with unreliable internet connection, having face-to-face training was a must for the community.

After hearing news of the closure last year, Wudinna residents Colleen May and Merrill Lymn were among those to organise a petition to save the campus.

It was signed by 830 people from across the district, including at Wudinna, Poochera, Elliston, Port Kenny and Kyancutta.

Ms May was thrilled with the news.

"It is great for our community," she said.

"It will cut down on travel and expenses for students, and now people need to let them know that they want to do courses here."

Mr O'Dea said TAFE had modified its presence at the site, but would still meet local training requirements.

"TAFE SA is committed to meeting training needs at Wudinna and across the entire Eyre Peninsula," he said.

"As always, our first priority is our students and TAFE SA will provide support to students and staff to ensure any potential impacts are minimal."

Current students who require additional support or wish to talk with someone regarding their individual circumstances are encouraged to email student services at StudentServices@tafesa.edu.au to book an appointment or visit the campus.