PLANS LODGED FOR NEW SCHOOL IN MURRUMBATEMAN

A new school is on the way for Murrumbateman, with the State Significant Development Application now lodged with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman is thrilled to hear the community is a step closer to benefitting from the new school.

“This is exciting for the Murrumbateman community, and I am proud the NSW Government is continuing to deliver modern school facilities to provide for students now and into the future,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Once completed, the new school will include flexible learning spaces, a library, hall, and canteen, special education learning unit, covered outdoor learning area and administration and staff facilities.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is building a world-class education system.

“I’m delighted that we’ve reached another milestone for the project at Murrumbateman which will deliver the high-quality school resources students need to succeed,” Ms Mitchell said.

“I’m proud that we are continuing our record investment in school infrastructure.”

A virtual information room will be available for the local community offering the first look at plans and artist renders of the new school, along with information regarding the project as a whole.

The room will be available from 9am Monday 28 June until 5pm Friday 2 July 2021 via the School Infrastructure NSW website: https://www.schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au/projects/n/New-primary-school-in-Murrumbateman.html

The NSW Government is investing $7.9 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 215 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.

BUDGET BOOST FOR MUMS AND BUBS IN GOULBURN

New parents in the Goulburn electorate will have access to increased specialised support thanks to funding to enable Tresillian and Gidget Foundation Australia to open a new Regional Family Care Centre in Goulburn.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman welcomed the Centre and said it would be a vital addition to local support services and programs.

“Caring for a newborn doesn’t always go as expected and this Centre will provide crucial expert care for mum, bub and the whole family when the going gets tough,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“We want parents right across the Goulburn electorate to feel supported to give them and their child the best start in life.”

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the support package was included in the NSW 2021-22 Budget in recognition of the challenges that can arise during the early years.

“We all know babies are a blessing, but their arrival can also be a challenging time for some parents, dealing with issues such as post-natal depression or struggles when feeding or settling doesn’t quite go to plan,” Mr Perrottet said.

Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the local centre would benefit the whole community.

“We know that up to 50 per cent of mums whose babies have sleeping or feeding issues, suffer from post-natal anxiety and depression. This centre will have Tresillian nurses and a Gidget Foundation mental health clinician working together to help the baby and parents,” Mrs Taylor said.

“I know how difficult it can be adjusting to life with a newborn and having services like this close to home really will be life changing for local families.”

The 6 new Regional Family Care Centres will be located in Goulburn, Grafton, Armidale, Griffith, Cowra and Muswellbrook. They will complement the existing centres in Queanbeyan, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Taree and Broken Hill, which have provided more than 14,000 services to families in the past two years.

Purpose-built Tresillian2U vans will also travel to local communities from their bases in Kempsey, Tweed, Bathurst, Queanbeyan and Inverell and will offer further personalised care and support.

Tresillian is the largest early parenting service in Australia, providing advice, support and evidence-based programs to families in the early years as well as leadership and support for other agencies and organisations.

Gidget Foundation Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that helps new and expectant parents to receive specialist care through a range of programs, including face-to-face and telehealth psychological counselling by experienced perinatal clinicians.

MID-CAREER BARRIERS TO TEACHING TORN DOWN

Academics, high-performing professionals and subject matter experts will have an accelerated pathway into a teaching career thanks to a radical overhaul of how mid-career entrants to teaching are hired.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said this is an innovative opportunity for professionals looking for a career change into the rewarding and secure teaching profession.

“This is a great opportunity made possible by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government to create opportunities for passionate and talented people in the Goulburn to become teachers,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“We are getting rid of the unnecessary barriers to entry because we have incredible teachers in the Goulburn electorate and in the rest of NSW. We are now providing opportunities for people outside of the profession to become successful teachers.”

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said NSW has the highest standards in the country when it comes to who can become a teacher.

“This reform keeps these standards in place, whilst recognising that prior experience and expertise in key learning areas should be acknowledge,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We know that by being flexible in providing people with tailored education and training programs based on their personal circumstances, we will attract more people to the teaching profession. This will ensure our students receive quality teaching and we continue to build a safer and stronger NSW.”

The reform will focus on four key features: removing barriers to entry to the profession, bringing people into the classroom faster, and supporting transition from another career into teaching, and incentivising the transition to teaching.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the new approach was in line with recommendations in the NSW Productivity Commission’s White Paper, which found that teacher quality can boost the state’s productivity.

“We’re always looking for a better way of working to give our kids a brighter future and ultimately, the whole state benefits from that,” Mr Perrottet said.

Consultation with stakeholders will inform the delivery of these critical reforms.

HUME HIGHWAY AND YASS VALLEY WAY INTERSECTION PUTS SAFETY FIRST

Safety upgrades have begun on the Hume Highway and Yass Valley Way intersection.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the work funded through the Network and Safety Program will involve extending the deceleration exit lane by 100 metres to reduce the risk of crashes.

“There were 4 crashes at this intersection over a 5-year period, with motorists crashing into guard rails as they exited the highway,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“This work will provide a longer distance for motorists to slow down and exist safely.

“The upgrades will also include lane widening, signage installation and line marking and will generate 15 local jobs.”

Work began on Wednesday 16 June between 7am and 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays and is expected to be completed by late July, weather permitting.

Lane closures and a 40 km/h speed limit will be in place during work hours.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, and to follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

For the latest information visit livetraffic.com, download the Live Traffic app or call 132 701

JOINT STATEMENT ON JERRARA POWER

Mayor Bob Kirk and NSW Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman today issued a joint statement regarding the proposed Jerrara Power waste to energy project near Bungonia.

Mayor Bob Kirk said he and Mrs Tuckerman have listened to the proponent of the project, been involved in community consultation and also had meetings with concerned residents and groups such as the Jerrara Action Group.   

“Last week we had the opportunity to meet with NSW Minister for Planning & Public Spaces Rob Stokes, and during this we raised our strong concerns regarding effect on the environment, human health, biodiversity, toxicity, transport and water usage,” Clr Kirk said.

Mrs Tuckerman said she too has strong concerns regarding this proposal and our community’s objections are abundantly clear.

“I want to thank the community for their feedback and representations made – I am doing everything in my capacity to strongly voice their concerns in NSW Parliament. I have advocated for further policy work with the Premier and Deputy Premier, the Minister for Planning and the Minister for Energy and Environment to determine appropriate areas for these kinds of projects across NSW. We can’t keep having these proposals threatening our way of life because of our close proximity to Sydney.

“There are many concerns surrounding the proposal including the health and environmental uncertainty and the protracted process that will eventually ascertain the project is unsuitable and frankly not welcome here,” Mrs Tuckerman said

Mayor Kirk said Goulburn Mulwaree should not be seen as an easy option for the dumping of Sydney’s waste.

“I understand waste to energy projects may have a role to play in our waste economy moving forward as we can’t continue to rely on landfill, however if these projects cause no odour, environmental effects or other issues they can be built in Sydney closer to the main source of waste as is the case in other capital cities throughout the world.”

“We have strong concerns regarding impact on mental and physical health of the community, and the uncertainty being created by this proposal. A number of residents purchased in this area after undertaking their due diligence research, only to now find this proponent can use the NSW Government Infrastructure SEPP to bypass Council’s planning policies in order to proceed with this proposal.

“Goulburn Mulwaree is already home to a number of quarries, renewable energy projects and the Veolia Woodlawn Eco Precinct where another waste to energy project is proposed. It is unreasonable for our region to become the concentration point for Sydney’s waste issues due to our proximity to the City,” Clr Kirk said.