On the road again
Parliament has concluded for 2016 and Members are back in their communities, celebrating what we have achieved this year and setting their sights on 2017.
Regional NSW has a thriving economy with record infrastructure investment and job creation often outperforming the Sydney metropolitan area. These achievements are thanks to our regional communities working hard with our Members, and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved so far.
As your new leader I too will be dedicating time to spend with communities around the state. This week I am travelling to Armidale, Orange and around my own electorate to see how we can address prominent issues, and to work with Members to cement the reputation of the NSW Nationals as the best party to represent regional NSW.
Today I was joined by the Member for the Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, to announce the new TAFE NSW Digital headquarters at the Armidale TAFE Campus which will create up to 40 new jobs in the region.
The facility will provide state-of-the-art learning experiences for students, and show how technology can trump the tyranny of distance when it comes to digital jobs and learning.
The number of students taking up online learning continues to grow by the day. They are asking for convenient and accessible training anywhere and anytime, and today we have committed to delivering this for them.
Armidale will build on its reputation for providing quality education and training. The region will be put on the map as a central edu-tech hub with streamlined course content development for students, innovative and compatible opportunities for local industry, and local partnerships with businesses in the region.
The creation of TAFE Digital also marks an important milestone in the One TAFE reforms which will see TAFE NSW become more efficient and modern and allow it to build on a widely-recognised and well-respected reputation, delivering for students across the State.
I will also be heading back to Orange to reconnect with the local community. I will be joined by Deputy Leader Niall Blair to listen to the people and find out what happened in the lead-up to the by-election and to see what we need to do to fix those issues. There are lessons to be learned for me as Leader of the NSW Nationals, for Niall as a Deputy Leader, and for us a party.
It’s time to listen and it’s time for us to deliver for our people.
Photo (left to right): Jon Black Managing Director of TAFE NSW, Member for the Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall, General Manager for the TAFE NSW Digital headquarters Megan Aitken, TAFE NSW Lyn Rickard, and Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro.