The digital literacy program is back by popular demand. Aboriginal Elders in NSW will have the opportunity to learn about technology and record their stories when the Tech Savvy Elders Roadshow hits the highway to tour regional and remote communities this week. Being able to connect with friends and loved ones, and have access to services and information more easily, is what Tech Savvy Elders is all about. The Tech Savvy Elders program, specifically designed for older Aboriginal people, offers lessons in using computers, tablets, email, smartphones, and other forms of digital literacy. The Tech Savvy Elders program is a NSW Government initiative delivered in partnership with the Burraga Foundation and the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group. For further information about Tech Savvy Elders please visit www.mgoals.com.au. Please visit www.telstra.com.au/tech-savvy-seniors.
Lower fees for preschools in Barwon
I welcome preliminary results from the 2017 Preschool Census, which surveyed more than 730 community preschools in NSW, which further supports our commitment to make early childhood education more affordable for families, with fees already dropping by an average of 25 per cent thanks to the Start Strong Reforms. This is huge news for families, with fees dropping for the first time ever in our electorate. Making quality early childhood education more affordable for all families is a goal of the NSW Government’s Start Strong program and the results from the census prove the program is a real success. Under Start Strong, community preschools must use at least 75 per cent of the funding increase to reduce fees for eligible children, with priority given to children from Aboriginal and low-income families. I am proud the NSW Government has invested an additional $217 million to extend Start Strong funding through to 2020.