As the Independent Member for Robertson, and throughout 2020-2024 I would seek to collaborate with CC Council with the purpose of:
(i) Initiating action to remedy immediately obvious and urgent gaps in Central Coast education provision
(ii) Developing a comprehensive plan of educational needs across the Central Coast as the basis of representations to NSW & Federal governments for adequate planning and funding in:
• pre-school child care
• infant education
• primary education
• secondary education
• vocational education
• strengthened TAFE, especially underpinning new, futuristic, advanced-technical, environmentally friendly, industries and jobs for the Central Coast
• A separate and specifically ‘Central Coast’ University, especially underpinning new, futuristic, advanced-technical, environmentally friendly, industries and jobs for the Central Coast
(iii) To investigate and report on educational structures and/or provision which strengthens social cohesion
and Central Coast identity.
AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON, I ESPECIALLY WANT TO RELATE THIS RESEARCH AND PLANNING TO CONSIDERATIONS OF: YOUTH POLICY, CENTRAL COAST ECONOMY, SMALL BUSINESS, AND ENVIRONMENT.
10.2. Central Coast Council:
10.2.1. Gaps in child care provision: In collaboration with CC Council I/we will assess the need for affordable child-care in the growth corridors, and investigate the feasibility of providing, or commissioning, child-care for workers, and out-of-school-hours care.
10.2.2 Gaps in TAFE provision: In collaboration with CC Council I/we will commission a review with recommendations concerning the extent and nature of vocational education on the Central Coast. Until this is completed, as the Member for Robertson, along with Council, I will seek a guarantee from NSW Government and Federal Government, that TAFE will be protected and strengthened as a public provider. Council will encourage and support centres which match young people with jobs while providing the job-specific training required.
10.2.3 Gaps in tertiary provision: In collaboration with CC Council I will seek to establish a separate Central Coast tertiary institution
10.2.4 Council will seek to commission an independent assessment of Central Coast student motivation, interest in and boredom with, current status quo. The review will seek to illuminate the role schools play in developing social cohesion and the level of success schools have in developing good and participative citizenship. IN THE EVENT THAT CC COUNCIL DOES NOT UNDERTAKE THIS RESEARCH, I UNDERTAKE TO APPROACH ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS TO SEEK THEIR SUPPORT FOR SUCH RESEARCH.
10.3. NSW Government:
AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON I WILL SEEK TO JOIN WITH CC COUNCIL TO ENTER NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE NSW AND AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS ON A RANGE OF EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CENTRAL COAST, BEGINNING URGENTLY WITH A STRENGTHENED AND LOCALLY BASED TAFE … AND OUR OWN CENTRAL COAST-FOCUSED UNIVERSITY.
THAT’S THE PLAN. CENTRAL COAST FIRST AND ALWAYS.
10.3.1. Council will immediately enter discussions with the NSW and Federal governments to seek adequate funding for immediate needs in child-care, TAFE and a new tertiary institution.
10.3.2 Council will seek to establish, with the NSW Department of Education, and assuming a 100,000 increase in population by 2036, the size and placement of student needs throughout the Central Coast:
(ii) infants schools
(iii) primary schools
(iv) out of school hours care
(v) junior high schools
(vi) senior high schools
(vii) TAFE and vocational education/apprenticeship/trainee providers
(viii) Emerging future job and entrepreneurial opportunities
10.4. Federal Government:
10.4.1 Council will immediately enter discussions with the NSW and Federal governments to seek adequate funding for immediate needs in child-care, TAFE and a new university
10.4.2 Council will seek funds from the Federal Government and its agencies to undertake the studies for the Central Coast outlined here.
AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON I WILL LINK THESE TAFE + UNIVERSITY ESSENTIALS TO A CENTRAL COAST ‘YOUTH POLICY’ WHICH INTEGRATES YOUTH EDUCATION WITH INDUSTRIES/JOBS OF OUR ‘PREFERRED FUTURE’, ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY, ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY, HIGH-INTEREST AND WELL-PAID JOBS.