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Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (18:34): I rise tonight in this grievance debate to call on the government to put an end to the silo approach and to work across portfolio boundaries to lift the burden from the shoulders of regional students. I was inspired and moved by the 75 young people who came to my budget feedback sessions and the 65 other young people who wrote to me. They work hard to finish their education, despite the challenges they face. But the systemic drag puts them behind their metropolitan counterparts and stops them from reaching their full potential. As their independent representative I am determined their voice be heard in this parliament. Higher education for regional communities is not a single issue. There are multiple challenges across portfolios and a multipronged approach is the only way to find a solution.Read more
Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (10:43): As I rise in the House, I want to acknowledge the student leaders of Benalla P-12 who are here with us today. I say to Freya, Emily, Zach and Masie, 'Welcome.' Often young people are described as leaders of tomorrow. But I can stand here today and say these young people are not waiting for tomorrow; they are leaders in their community today. I bring a very clear message to this House: do not ever doubt how passionate, engaged and hardworking our young people are.Read more
Cathy has called on the government to lift the burden from regional students’ shoulders by ending the “silo” approach to developing regional policy.Read more
“Don't ever doubt how passionate, engaged and hardworking our young people are.”
This was the message from Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan who welcomed young leaders from Benalla’s P-12 College to Parliament House on 24 May.
Benalla P-12 College’s school captains Freyr Hubbard, Emily Neilson, Maisy Lister and Zach Cook were present in the House of Representatives to hear Ms McGowan acknowledge their leadership.
“Young people are often described as leaders of tomorrow, but I say that the young people of my community are not waiting for tomorrow - they are leading their community today,” Ms McGowan said.
Ms McGowan told the Parliament how the young leaders had impressed her during a meeting last week in Benalla to discuss the Federal Budget.
“As students, as employees, as carers, as community leaders, as volunteers and advocates for better services for their community, young people in rural communities have an enormous weight on their shoulders,” Ms McGowan said.
“They also have enormous compassion and understanding for others.”
Ms McGowan acknowledged the recent projects of the video made by FCJ College with Cooinda Benalla Aged Care Celebrating in a cover of the Queen classic Don’t Stop Me Now as part of ‘Let’s Find Our Voice' choir initiative; and the production of the song The Song Inside by young people from Benalla, Mansfield and Strathbogie in a Muso Magic workshop.
The video of Ms McGowan’s speech to the Parliament – including images of the school captains – can be seen here:
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan said Indi is well placed to claim a share of $1.5 billion announced in the Federal Budget for vocational training and employment skills programs.
“This is a huge win for North East Victoria following the visit from Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills the Hon Karen Andrews in early May,” Ms McGowan.
“The work of vocational education bodies such as NELLEN, Wodonga TAFE, GOTAFE, Belvoir Special School and Wodonga Senior Secondary College demonstrated to the Minister that Indi is well down the track of developing effective local training programs to provide a future for young people in the North East,” Ms McGowan said.
“In 2011, of the 15,000 young people in Indi aged between 15-24, only 5,816 completed technical, vocational or tertiary education.
“This funding provides an opportunity to improve the options available for young people with all North East Victoria’s vocational education and training providers.”
Ms McGowan said she was very disappointed in the increase in university fees which will impose a further barrier on young people from country areas seeking tertiary education.
“I will continue to take the concerns from La Trobe University, Charles Sturt University and the TAFEs to the Minister for Education and Training the Hon Simon Birmingham about these impacts on rural students,” Ms McGowan said.
Ms McGowan is inviting people to have a say on the budget at www.cathymcgowan.com.au until 25 May.
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has congratulated the Wodonga Federation of Government Schools for the exciting digital learning project which has won a $50,000 Digital Literacy Grant.
“The project brings together two really important things young people need for a bright future in North East Victoria – skills in digital literacy, and educators acting together for local solutions,” Ms McGowan said.
Ms McGowan, who helped launch the Wodonga Federation of Government Schools Digital Technologies Project on Friday 5 May at Wodonga Senior Secondary College, said students from eight primary and secondary schools across Wodonga would now have greater access to develop skills and confidence with technology.
The project is one of only 54 nation-wide to receive funding.
“The collaboration between the schools means students will have exposure to exciting technologies like 3D printers and robotics,” Ms McGowan said.
“Wodonga is rich in education innovation and this is another step forward for our young people to reach their full potential.”
Ms McGowan congratulated project leader Scott Nugent and Mellisa Long, newly appointed Executive Officer with the Wodonga Federation of Government Schools, for their foresight and commitment to innovation.
“The new Federation is showing results. The work of tertiary educators on the border to provide pathways to employment will be enhanced by a student body who graduate from school with new skills and ambitions.”
Principal of Wodonga West Primary School Ms Jocelyn Owen said the grant would enable government schools within Wodonga to inspire students to be creators of digital technologies.
“We will be able to engage students through Maker Hardware that we previously haven't been able to do as individual schools. This creates a prefect platform for us to develop as educators and embrace these new technologies in every class,” Ms Owen said.
Developing the Digital Creator Community will provide the opportunity to make a real difference, according to Mr Nugent.
“Every student in the Federation will learn computer aided manufacturing, how to code, 3D print and build robots, not just being consumers of technology, but to be the creators of new technologies. This will create a new generation of innovators within our community, creating new local industries.
The Wodonga Federation of Government Schools Digital Technologies project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Digital Literacy School Grants Program.