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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW and Member for Monaro John Barilaro today opened the Department of Education’s new office hub and welcomed the new office as an asset to south east NSW.

Mr Barilaro said the office and its team of education specialist further boosts Queanbeyan’s position as a rural education hub.

“The new office in the Riverside Plaza closely aligns valuable education services with other key services in the heart of Queanbeyan,” Mr Barilaro said.

“It improves access for parents, students, school staff and the wider community and this in turn with enhance service provision.”

Mr Barilaro said the new office is part of the commitment by the NSW Government to relocate more public service positions to regional areas, and said the office will accommodate up to 50 staff covering areas such as educational leadership, school services and student wellbeing, information technology, asset management, school safety and early childhood education.

“Staff across many fields of education will be well located here in Queanbeyan and will be positioned to share their specialist knowledge and experience with public schools across a wide area of the south east,” he said.

“Together they will further consolidate our community’s growing reputation as a rural education hub.”

Mr Barilaro said Queanbeyan’s reputation as a rural education hub had been further enhanced with the announcement of the Finigan School of Distance Education.

“This is a substantial investment in the future of education in this region by combining the current provision of services through Karabar High and Queanbeyan Public schools to create a K-12 distance education facility employing around 100 teachers and more than a dozen administrative staff.” Mr Barilaro said.

Ten local public schools are now working collaboratively as the Queanbeyan Partnership for Public Schools to ensure equity and excellence for local students. Together they are working to improve transitions, share resources and staff, and better manage programming and professional learning. Funds and time have been committed to areas of common interest and concerns, resulting in an equivalent of almost 40 additional teaching and support staff across the ten schools.

Department of Education Executive Director of the Rural South and West Operational Directorate, Geoff Pellizzer, said the new office is a point of pride for the department.

“The establishment of the new Queanbeyan Education Office will more effectively provide quality educational support to the public schools in the Queanbeyan Education Hub and surrounding principal networks,” he said.

Department of Education Executive Director for School Services, Jane Simmons, added that the new office has opened up a fantastic facility for the School Services staff to work in.

“Schools will be supported in a variety of modes, face to face, over the phone and through virtual methods which can now be catered for from this office,” she said.