12th February 2008

NSW Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Education Andrew Stoner will join members of The Nationals’ parliamentary team on the NSW North Coast this week as a part of a public education tour during the month of February.

The tour will visit the following towns:
  • Wednesday 13 February – Grafton and Casino
  • Thursday 14 February – Casino, Lismore and Murwillumbah
  • Friday 15 February – Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads

Public education forums, open to the public, will be held at the following locations:

Wednesday 13 February, 5pm The Jupiter Room, Casino RSM Club 162 Canterbury Street, Casino

Thursday 14 February, 4pm Lismore Workers Club 225-231 Keen St, Lismore

“The purpose of the tour is to listen to teachers, parents and students across the state regarding their views and ideas on the future of education in NSW,” Mr Stoner said.

“A lot of great things happen in our public schools and it’s important to recognise that.

“We also need to find out the problems within the public education system so we can improve it. Some concerns include declining student literacy and numeracy standards, as well as the ageing condition of school buildings.

“In order to fix these problems, it is important for members of public to voice their ideas for public education.”

Mr Stoner said as part of the tour, Nationals Members will also be visiting public schools and TAFEs to meet with teachers and students and to tour the campus’ facilities.

“The NSW Liberal/Nationals are committed to hearing from teachers and students about what is being done well and what can be improved on in our schools,” he said.

“I encourage all members of the local community to join us so we can develop a broad understanding with input from throughout the community,” Mr Stoner said.

Media Contact: Andrew Stoner 0427 164 092 / Rod Bruce 0409 637 264

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.