Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin says financial support is now available for public school teachers and students impacted by the devastating flood events.
The NSW Government has announced funding of up to $1000 for teachers and up to $500 for students to replace lost education materials.
The grants are part of the Education Flood Recovery Package which targets support to public school teachers and students in the Lismore, Ballina, Byron, Kyogle, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley and Tweed Local Government Areas.
‘We have seen the heartbreaking destruction of school classrooms and all the students’ work and teachers’ resources that they held.
“Many teachers lost invaluable reference materials and resources collected over their careers.
“This is not something that can be easily replaced, but the funding will help in some way.
“Teachers have until the middle of June this year to apply for the $1000 so I urge them to get in quickly. They can do this through the Education Department’s SAP portal and the application needs to be submitted and approved by Friday 17th June.
“Non-teaching staff who are impacted by the floods can apply for $500 in funding.
“Flood-affected students in public schools are eligible for up to $500 which can be used for educational expenses from uniforms to stationery and excursions.
“Families have until the end of the 2023 school year to apply for the $500. Their School Principals will have details of how to apply.
“It is going to take a huge amount of heart and a whole lot of support to help our school communities get back to some kind of normal school life,” Ms Saffin said.
“I welcome the Education Flood Recovery Package and encourage all who are eligible to apply for this support.”