TANYA PLIBERSEK MP DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
CATHERINE KING MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND MEDICARE MEMBER FOR BALLARAT
EMMA MCBRIDE MP, MEMBER FOR DOBELL
KITCHEN KARTS AND LEARNING SPACES FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS
School students on the Central Coast will have the opportunity to learn how to cook the produce they grow in their school gardens if a Shorten Labor Government is elected on 18 May.
This election will be a choice between a united Shorten Labor Government which will restore the Liberals’ cuts to schools, give our kids the education they deserve, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos.
Labor has announced it will fund kitchen facilities in several local primary schools.
"Today’s announcement is part of Labor’s plan for thousands of Australian school children to learn healthy food habits to set them up for a healthy life," said Shadow Education Minister, Tanya Plibersek.
"Under Labor, school children will learn about fruit, vegetables, and herbs, how to grow them and how to prepare them to cook healthy food," Ms Plibersek said.
"The ‘Kitchen Karts’ cost around $24,000 which is too expensive for many local schools which is why I am pleased to make this announcement," she said.
"Labor takes the health of our kids seriously. We want them to grow up healthy and happy," said Shadow Health Minister, Catherine King MP.
She said the kitchen facilities will complement Labor’s plan to restore federal funding for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.
"I can also announce that the NSW Central Coast will be one of three priority regions for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program," she said. "Schools in this area will receive intense services and support under the program."
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, combined with Kitchen Karts, will teach kids about food in a fun, hands-on way, setting them up for a healthier life, according to Member for Dobell.
"I have been supporting local schools to plant and grow kitchen garden classrooms since 2016," Ms McBride said.
"Whole classes of children have learned the joys of gardening and experienced the benefits of picking, preparing and eating the foods they grow," she said.
"Local school principals, teachers and parents have told me that the food habits of whole households can be changed when just one child becomes involved in a school’s kitchen garden program."
As part of her commitment to local schools Ms McBride has also announced that the Coast’s only K to 12 public school, the Wadalba Community School, will receive $53,000 to construct four outdoor learning areas.
Features will include a demonstration space with tiered seating for 32 students, an indigenous-inspired sharing circle and areas for smaller group learning and support.
"The school has already contributed $10,000 to this project and students have participated in design concepts for the new outdoor areas.
"The project will accommodate new teaching styles and outdoor learning spaces and will be a powerful way to improve learning outcomes."
"If you want better hospitals and schools, not more cuts, vote Labor."
"We need real change, because more of the same isn’t good enough."
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WEDNESDAY, 15 MAY 2019
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