THE Lilydale community is continuing its vocal stance against the closure of the Swinburne University and TAFE due to happen next July.
Last week Monbulk MP James Merlino presented a 'Save Swinburne Lilydale' petition with 2789 signatures to Victorian Parliament.
A public forum will be held later this month for residents to hear about the future of tertiary education and training in the outer east.
Yarra Ranges mayor Graham Warren said Swinburne's recent announcement that it would be closing its Lilydale campus had been met with widespread shock, disappointment and anger.
"We do not want young people or anyone else looking for further education to be disadvantaged by access to tertiary education and training," he said.
"We want to take this opportunity to meet together and look for opportunities for the future."
Cr Warren said the public forum would form part of an ongoing campaign to ensure tertiary opportunities for the region.
Cr Warren urged interested community members to attend the forum at 5.30pm on September 26.
It will be held at Mt Lilydale Mercy College Centennial Hall, 120 Anderson Street, Lilydale.