Northern Rivers Echo
Congratulations to all the re-elected and newly elected councillors in each of the local government areas. I look forward to continuing a good working relationship with the local Councils.
I welcome an additional $115 million in funding to make early childhood education more affordable for local families and reduce fees by an average of 30 per cent.
The NSW Government is committed to providing universal access to quality early childhood education. This funding will reduce preschool fees for four and five year olds and remove nearly all fees for children from Aboriginal and low-income families at preschool.
This funding boost will deliver the largest single fee reduction in NSW history, making preschool more affordable so that more children will be able to participate in 600 hours – or about 15 hours per week – of early childhood education in community preschools and long day care centres in the year before they start school.
Starting in 2017, community preschools across the State who enrol children for at least 600 hours in the year before school will receive increased subsidies from the NSW Government, enabling them to reduce fees for families.
When intimate images are shared without consent the social and emotional impact on victims can be devastating.
The NSW Government is seeking input from the community to protect victims with a 21st Century punishment for this 21st Century crime.
To have your say, go to http://www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au. Submissions close 21 October 2016.