NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has announced that the NSW Nationals in Government have expanded the Aurora College program to more than 600 public schools across the state including 22 in his area.

Primary school students from Mr Bromhead’s Myall Lakes electorate are among those that now have access to a world-class gifted and talented program without needing to leave their home town.

“The new program will be a game changer for our students, given that in the past some students nearest opportunity class could be hundreds of kilometres away. With the expansion of Aurora College, students and families in Myall Lakes will no longer have to decide between where they live and have access to educational opportunities,” Mr Bromhead said.

“Aurora College is an incredible initiative that, over the past two years in its pilot stage, has provided access to resources that have never been available before for students in regional and remote areas.

“With the expansion of Aurora College, high potential and gifted students will now have the chance to attend purpose designed courses on a broad range of subjects.”

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the expansion of the Aurora College program was a no-brainer following its successful two year trial.

“Having staff based centrally allows local students to connect to classes digitally, allowing them to interact with the teacher and other classmates from across the state,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Ensuring students in regional and remote NSW receive the same educational opportunities as their metro peers is a priority for me as the Minister for Education, a regional politician and a mother.”