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A busy Barilaro up north – part three

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John Barilaro concluded his 2016 pilgrimage up north with a bang. Beginning in the northern electorates of Coffs Harbour, Clarence and Lismore (details here!), John has continued to travel the breadth and depth of the north end, also covering Upper Hunter and Myall Lakes (more here!). In this the final addition of the Busy Barilaro series, we’ve saved some of the best road trip stories for last.

John kicked off his time in Port Macquarie with local member and Minister for Early Childhood Education, Aboriginal Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education Leslie Williams. The two enjoyed a fundraising dinner before a big Barra announcement the following morning.

At a Business Breakfast meeting the following morning, John announced the Jobs for Tomorrow initiative, which gives students access to $25 million worth of scholarships for those undertaking vocational training in technology based growth industries. This initiative will encourage the young people of NSW to enrol in courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Next on the list was the local TAFE, where John and Leslie visited the Shared Health Research and Education Campus. This facility is welcoming their first students studying Cert IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care.

John then turned to some exemplary regional businesses in the electorate. First, The Other Chef, which has grown from humble beginnings in a Lake Cathie kitchen to a fully fitted out factory, which they have now also outgrown. Next, John and Leslie delighted in the Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat, NSW Tourism award winners at Dunbogan – a business that grew from a small nursery into an internationally rated environmentally sustainable retreat.

John’s northern tour gives us an insight into the depth and breadth of regional developments, the small businesses that are flourishing, and the range of training opportunities available – all aspects building a prosperous future for the area.

You can read up on the Jobs for Tomorrow initiative here.

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