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NSW GOVT TO INSTALL FLASHING LIGHTS AT FORBES SCHOOLS

Friday, April 05, 2013

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has welcomed the announcement that the NSW Government will install an extra 101 sets of school zone flashing lights by July this year, offering protection at 1,340 schools across NSW.

The rollout of school zone flashing lights has been accelerated so drivers slow down around schools to help keep our children safe with a set to be installed at St Laurence's Primary School on Johnson St and Forbes High School on Calarie Rd.

With 280 flashing lights installed this financial year – it will be the largest number ever rolled out in a single financial year.

“The news of flashing school zone lights are coming to St Laurence's and Forbes High is terrific for the students, parents and teachers.” Mr Grant said

“The NSW Government is getting on with the job of installing school zone flashing lights at nearly three times the rate of former Labor Government.

“School zone flashing lights are proven to be effective in slowing drivers down and saving lives.

“Studies have found flashing lights cut motorists’ speed by around 7km/h when they enter a school zone.

“The $2.5 million cost of installing the flashing lights would be met from within the road safety budget.

“The NSW Government is determined to increase safety for our children when they are entering and leaving the school yard. Flashing lights are the best way to warn motorists to slow down when entering a school zone.

“The sites are chosen based on assessments using the School Pedestrian Risk Model, which considers a range of factors including traffic, approaching speed, pedestrian volumes and the road environment and visibility,” Mr Grant said.

LOWER PRESCHOOL FEES BENEFITS DUBBO ELECTORATE

Friday, April 05, 2013

Families in the Dubbo electorate will be breathing a little easier following an injection of $20 million into preschools by the NSW Government that will help reduce preschool fees for 4 and 5-year olds the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said today.

"The NSW Government has moved on the key issue of preschool affordability given that is one of the greatest barriers facing NSW families wanting to access a quality preschool program for their children," said Mr Grant.

Mr Grant said that the Liberals and Nationals were also establishing a $5 million capital works fund to ease preschool supply and access issues.

Mr Grant commended the $25 million initiative which is designed to give all children access to a preschool education program delivered by a qualified teacher in the 12 months prior to commencing their formal schooling.

“I am pleased to report that the introduction of these measures will lead to fee reductions of up to 52 per cent in regional areas of NSW.  Families in the Dubbo electorate can expect to be among the largest beneficiaries," said Mr Grant.

“Most importantly, the fee reductions will afford greater access to preschool education for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, many of whom are missing out because of their families poor socio-economic circumstances."  

“A family in regional NSW with a four year old child attending preschool three days a week could potentially save up to $900 between the beginning of Term 2 and the end of this year."

"That sort of saving would make a significant difference to families in this electorate who currently struggle to find the money to send their child to preschool," Mr Grant said.

The fee reductions will be delivered through a funding boost to services, and this must be passed on to families with enrolled children who will be four or five years old on or before 31 July 2013.

The announcement coincides with the release of a review of funding of early childhood education which found approximately one in seven of the state’s children was missing out on an early childhood education.

The review also found that many four and five-year-old children were not receiving an early childhood education program with a qualified early childhood teacher, even though they are attending an early childhood service.

It also revealed that up to 30 per cent of government preschool funding was not focused upon the target group of four to five-year-old children.

 

More information about the NSW Government’s preschool fee reduction initiative is available at http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/about-us/statistics-and-research/public-reviews-and-enquiries/review-of-nsw-government-funding-for-early-childhood-education

MEMBER FOR DUBBO CONDEMNS STRIKE ACTION

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has condemned strike action by the Teachers Federation planned for this Friday 18 May.

The strike is being called over union opposition to the Local Schools, Local Decisions education reforms.
“We are not going to be held to ransom by the Teachers Federation. These reforms are to suit students, not the union,” Mr Grant said.

“The Department of Education has promised to work collaboratively with the Teachers Federation and the Minister for Education has previously made assurances that decisions about employment matters will only be made following consultation with the relevant union.

“The Teachers Federation is actually represented on the Local Schools, Local Decisions Joint Consultative Committee and the union also has the opportunity to discuss industrial matters relating to Local Schools, Local Decisions at regular fortnightly meetings with the relevant Deputy Director General.

“But the union is still going ahead with this reckless strike action which will disrupt the school day for hundreds of thousands of students and their parents.

“It will also affect NAPLAN catch up arrangements for students who were unable to sit the tests on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for illness or other reasons.

“It's unbelievable they would hold stop work meetings on a school day and during NAPLAN testing.  Why not hold them after school rather than disrupting the lives of students and parents?

“Students want to learn and teachers want to teach, so it’s unfortunate that the Teachers Federation is proceeding with this unnecessary strike.”

The Department has sought the assistance of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission in an effort to avoid any disruption to students or their families.

As recently as last Friday in the Industrial Relations Commission the Department and the Federation were urged to continue to consult around proposed reforms.

If the strike proceeds, teachers will not be working between 9am and 11am. Parents in the Dubbo should contact their child’s school in advance to check if supervision is being provided.

“I urge the Teachers Federation and teachers to reconsider this unnecessary strike action,” Mr Grant said.

Media: Belinda Strahorn 0412345278

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