With under two weeks to go until the state election, the Tribune is giving Goulburn candidates an opportunity to outline their promises for the region.
Here, we find out what the candidates' commitments are to boosting education in the Yass Valley.
Education in Goulburn will be getting an enormous boost over the next four years under a Liberals and Nationals Government.
We’ve committed to record investment in new schools and classrooms, wiping out the maintenance backlog in every Goulburn electorate and providing before and after school care in all public primary schools.
Dr Ursula Stephens
Labor has committed record amounts to public education where we will fund schools to the Gonski standard, replace ageing demountables and invest $7.4 billion to build and upgrade 204 schools across NSW.
This commitment will ensure classrooms are air-conditioned, demountables are replaced and students have access to state-of-the-art facilities.
Simplifying the curriculum to concentrate on core education and remove fashionable add-ons; ensure the best teachers are recruited and promoted, all based on merit; and ensure teachers who are the most successful are rewarded properly financially.
Dr Saan Ecker
Public education as a priority for government funding; transition to free TAFE and tertiary education; rebuild the TAFE systems and improve access to TAFE including in outlying towns (e.g Crookwell); increase funding for public schools; and expand early education options in growing population areas.
Our commitment is to pursue federal government to uphold its pledge to inject $7 million into the TAFE system. Bring courses back to Yass and Goulburn that have been lost over the years. Upgrade our schools to better facilitate the growing youth of our combined districts with better teacher to pupil ratios.
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers
Resolve maintenance backlog issues with schools, especially Gundaroo Public School; push for funding another high school to address the shortfall in the area; ensure funding covers obligatory curriculum activities, transport to school and matches Gonski recommendations; and reverse 'Local Schools, Local Decisions' to hand back autonomy of decisions and funds to local schools.
Dean McCrae from the Liberal Democrats did not respond in time.