Program Update – Monday 4 December

Video Interview – Proposed Mission Delivery Operating Model

This week we hear from Captain Vannessa Garven and Majors Neil and Sharon Clanfield about their experiences with the Proof of Concept for the proposed Mission Delivery Operating Model.


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  • Pam Stamos
    Posted at 14:56h, 04 December Reply

    Who made the decision to send Higher Education down to Melbourne and why? Booth College in Sydney was doing such a good job and had so many excellent people teaching and servicing theological students alongside the Sydney based cadets. Who made such a decision? Whoever did make the decision to choose Melbourne over Sydney did they first take a good look at what was happening in Sydney or did they just choose Melbourne because that was where everything else is going. Did anyone notice that the college at Bexley North (Sydney) is in a perfect location as far as being close to the city, train station and Airport?

    I do not understand the closing of the School for Officer Training in Sydney. Both locations, Melbourne and Sydney should remain open to allow for future growth and accessibility. The USA has 4 training locations across the country, located in Georgia, New York, California, and Illinois. I realise USA’s population supports this but Australia will in the future grow to support at least 2 colleges. I once again say that we need to plan for growth not decay. We need to look at ways to recruit more cadets. Yes we need to cut costs, while continuing to grow, but cuts in education, reducing numbers of new qualified well equipped workers will not do this. Booth College, now Eva Burrows College in Sydney, is an ideal location because of its closeness to the airport and City. The money saved in transport costs must be huge. A number of people have commented on the distance of the Melbourne College from the airport and city. The cost of transporting people back and forth, compared to the accessibility of the Bexley North property to the airport and city should have been weighed carefully. These transport costs in Melbourne will continue to be a burden well into the future.

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