Vow to assist students

By Laura Briggs

Young people of the Goulburn Valley looking to study away from home may benefit from future funding.

Liberal party candidate for Shepparton Cheryl Hammer has pledged that if the Liberal government were to be successful in November’s election that $600000 of funding would be provided to create a Rural Tertiary Network program.

Ms Hammer said the program would aim to link new students with other students who have faced the challenges of settling into university or TAFE away from home.

‘‘The Rural Tertiary Network will provide students with vital support at one of the most important times of their lives, helping them settle into new surroundings and life away from family and friends,’’ she said.

Ms Hammer said a lack of transitional support for regional students who relocated for study was one of the key challenges identified in a 2013 report from the Regional Policy Advisory Committee.

She said by creating this program she hoped that would change.

Notre Dame Secondary College Year 12 student Anna Sumaili said as a young person from a rural area she thought the opportunity to be a part of such a program would benefit many young people.

‘‘To be able to get that government support I think would be great,’’ she said.

Ms Sumaili said she hoped to study international relations at Deakin University in Melbourne next year and believed the network program would make her transition easier.