NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke joined Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell to help the Young Regional School of Music celebrate its 35th birthday.

Ms Cooke and Ms Mitchell enjoyed a slice of birthday cake, singing the praises of the musical-themed treat.

“The cake was a piano complete with keys, and it was fantastic, a thoroughly fitting tribute to Young Regional School of Music’s wonderful achievements,” Ms Cooke said. “Music plays an enormous role in everybody’s lives, and the School has played an important part of sharing the joy of music. It not only affects our moods, be it through a happy dance tune or maybe a more sombre piece, it has also been suggested as a critical influential factor in personal development. It’s been an honour to have Minister Mitchell visit us in Young to share in this significant occasion.”

“We are so proud to have such a fantastic group teaching music to students of all ages in Young, bringing the benefits of a musical education to this part of regional NSW.”

The Education Minister praised the Young Regional School of Music for the work they do for kids in regional parts of the State.

“Times are tough for our regional communities at the moment, so it is critical we keep students focused on learning and extra-curricular activities,” Ms Mitchell said. “Music lights up everyone’s lives, and providing our children with stability, consistency and joy during this awful drought will benefit them greatly.”