Port Stephens Candidates Weigh in on Education Nelson Bay (Tomaree Peninsula areas) Port Stephens News by News Of The Area - Modern Media - February 5, 2019 Liberal Candidate Jaimie Abbott with local families getting ready to go back to school. EDUCATION is one hot issue for the upcoming State Election with both sides of politics offering improvements for Port Stephens youth. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or email@example.com Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE Member for Port Stephens Kate Washington told News Of the Area, “Education will be a priority under a Daley Labor government from preschool, to school and TAFE. “Medowie will finally get a public high school, every public school P&C will receive $5,000 every year, disadvantaged kindy children will receive glasses for free if they’re needed; and we will address the school maintenance backlog that’s ballooned under the Berejiklian government. “A Daley Labor government will save TAFE after 8 years of cuts and ensure our youngest learners can access all important pre-schooling for 2 years before school. “We will also stop the double drop off by building a preschool, long daycare or out of school hours service on the site of every new school,” she said. Liberal Candidate for Port Stephens, Jaimie Abbott, said the Liberal Government will hire an additional 4600 teachers to join the ranks of the public school system over the next four years; delivering the highest number of teachers in the State’s history. “I’m thrilled that we are continuing to get more world-class teachers to Port Stephens,” Ms Abbott said. “It is so important to invest in our teachers, so they can continue to equip our kids with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the jobs of the future.” In addition to bolstering the teaching staff numbers the liberals are promising that every school in Port Stephens will have its maintenance backlog wiped to zero by July 2020, ensuring students enjoy the best possible learning environments. Education Minister Rob Stokes said “We are making the largest investment into public school infrastructure by any State government in Australian history. “This investment shows our commitment to maintaining existing schools as well as building new ones,” Mr Stokes said. By Marian SAMPSON Member for Port Stephens Kate Washington with students at Bob’s Farm Public School.