Pavey officially launches campaign
On Monday night the Nationals candidate for Oxley Melinda Pavey cut the ribbon to officially open the campaign office with the Deputy Leader of the NSW Nationals Adrian Piccoli. Mrs Pavey welcomed the large crowd and thanked them for their continued support.
“Oxley is such a great electorate and the Nationals and I will be working hard right up to Election Day to ensure we continue to deliver the services this area needs”
Mrs Pavey said she invited the Education Minister because she wanted to highlight the great things that have been achieved by the Liberal/National Government over the past four years and discuss local issues in the lead up to the March 28 poll.
Mrs Pavey welcomed the Education Minister to the area and thanked him for his excellent advocacy for rural and regional students - being the first education minister in Australia to sign up to the Gonski reforms.
Mr Piccoli said the Nationals were ensuring that education funding is prioritising disadvantaged schools and that’s great news for the 42 schools in the Oxley electorate. Schools such as Melville High have received nearly half a million dollars in extra funding because of the Governments education reforms.
The Liberal/National Government has provided over $500 million in funding to schools in Oxley schools since coming to government in 2011 with an extra $1.8 million allocated for 2015.
“We have invested $1.6 million in capital works funding for TAFE NSW in Oxley to provide a number of disability access improvements to these campuses,” Mrs Pavey said.
“With nearly 20,000 students enrolled in primary, secondary or tertiary education within the Oxley electorate we look forward to continuing to support our rural and regional schools if re-elected to government on March 28,” Mrs Pavey said.
Mrs Pavey introduced Mr Piccoli to a number of local Early Childhood education providers who were keen to talk about the Liberal/National government’s new funding model.
Mr Piccoli said through the early childhood education reforms we have been able to provide an extra $893,900 to Oxley service providers in 2014. The NSW Government has increased funding to community preschools by 20%, which means an extra $150 million for our kids in the lead up to starting school.