Shadow Minister for Education Jihad Dib MP was invited to speak to residents from the Lower North Shore about education.
Labor Councillors Andrew Zbik from Lane Cove and Penny Pederson from Ryde were pleased to host a community meeting that was open to all.
The public meeting took place on Wednesday, 9th May at the Gladesville Bowling & Sports Club, “Gladesville Sporties”.
Jihad spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of teachers, principals, parents and grandparents.
He spoke about:
Academic success not being the only way for young adults to be a productive member of Australian society
His belief that the hottest public schools should be air conditioned
Schools potentially having solar panels to help pay for air conditioning running costs
He also addressed the community's concerns that
Teachers are under-resourced and not given any job security in the public sector
Students with specific educational needs needs (like Braille books) are not catered for
TAFE has been under-funded under the Liberal government
Andrew Zbik says that “Labor is serious about community consultation” and will continue to be an active part of the Lane Cove community; listening to residents, working with them, and acting in their interests.
Penny Pedersen says “Families in Ryde and Lane Cove rightly feel that local public schools have become overcrowded and under resourced as a result of rampant overdevelopment and growing maintenance backlog. It’s time to stop the neglect of our public education system”
Lane Cove Labor, Penny Pedersen and Andrew Zbik will continue to bring both State and Federal Labor MPs to the area to ensure that Lane Cove has a voice at every level of government.