A groundbreaking collaboration between Glenreagh Public School and the local branch of the Country Women’s Association has won the backing of the NSW Nationals in the state government with a special $2640 grant, Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis says.
“The ladies of the Glenreagh CWA Branch are going to run ‘cooking on a budget’ classes for your parents,” Mr Gulaptis told the children at a school assembly this week.
“Dinner at home is about to get even yummier and healthier and mum and dad will save a little on shopping.”
Mr Gulaptis said it was a brilliant idea, but it was so innovative that there were no obvious ways to fund it.
“I called my friend Sarah Mitchell, who is the NSW Nationals Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning. Fortunately, she shared my enthusiasm and allocated discretionary funds to get the project underway.”
Mr Gulaptis said the community had identified the need and the school’s community liaison officer Eliza Walker and others had put the eminently sensible proposal together.
“This sort of can-do attitude absolutely deserves modest support from the public purse,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“If it is as successful as we all hope, it could be replicated in many other communities across New South Wales.”
The lessons will be held on Thursday mornings at the CWA meeting rooms with six to eight participants who will be able to take home what they have prepared for their family to dine on.
The menu will depend on demand but is likely to include family favourites like spaghetti bolognese, chicken casserole or a tasty soup.