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TAFE NSW TEACHER OFFERS TOP SILLY SEASON TIPS TO NORTHERN RIVERS LOCALS TO KEEP PETS SAFE

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Teall ANIMAL INSTINCT: A TAFE NSW teacher has offered some timely tips for local pet owners this festive season.

TAFE NSW TEACHER OFFERS TOP SILLY SEASON TIPS TO NORTHERN RIVERS LOCALS TO KEEP PETS SAFE

 

A TAFE NSW animal studies teacher has dished up the top tips to Northern Rivers locals to safeguard their beloved pets against illness and accidents during the festive season.

It comes amid a nationwide boom in pet ownership, with Animal Medicines Australia reporting an estimated 30.4 million pets across the country, with 69 per cent of households now owning a pet, up from 61 per cent only two years ago.

TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Animal Care Kathy Teall said with new pets being welcomed into many local homes as gifts this Christmas, and with the holiday season disrupting the routines of existing pets, there were some simple ways to ensure a stress-free holiday season for your furry friends.

ANIMAL INSTINCT: A TAFE NSW teacher has offered some timely tips for local pet owners this festive season.

ANIMAL INSTINCT: A TAFE NSW teacher has offered some timely tips for local pet owners this festive season.

Her top tips include:

  • Keep pets away from your festive feast: Fatty meats can cause your pet life-threatening diseases such as pancreatitis. Other foods that are safe for us to eat but are toxic to many pets include chocolate, raisins, some nuts, and a commonly used sugar substitute called xylitol.
  • Be tick aware: Paralysis ticks can cause serious illness and death in your beloved pet. Speak to your vet about the risks in your area and the best preventative measures.
  • Beat the heat: Pets are at high risk of heat stroke during the summer months. Make sure your pet has access to fresh, cool drinking water and shade at all times. Avoid exercising your pet during the hotter parts of the day.
  • Never leave your pet in the car: A car’s interior temperature will skyrocket in summer, even if you leave the windows open. This can cause heat stroke and death within a matter of minutes.
  • Know what’s normal for your pet: This is the most important tip as it helps you recognise emergencies. Help your pet become comfortable with being examined by you so you can check their ears, eyes, mouth, paws and skin without them being concerned. Contact your vet if you notice changes in your pet’s appetite or behaviour.

Ms Teall said for those attracted to a career in animal care, TAFE NSW was offering a host of courses in 2024 to ensure students could get the practical, in-demand skills and real-world experience to make a running start into the industry.

“There’s such a high need for jobs like vet nurses, vet receptionists, pet groomers, animal attendants and kennel hands, and there will be an even higher demand for those jobs in future,” Ms Teall said.

She said many TAFE NSW animal studies students secured work shortly after graduating, or even during their work placement.

 

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Boosting Child Education: Kyogle and Federal Communities Gain from Fresh Initiative

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Boosting Child Education: Kyogle and Federal Communities Gain from Fresh Initiative

 

Kyogle and Federal are gearing up to enhance support for working families through expanded access to early childhood education and care, thanks to a new $20-million initiative known as the Flexible Initiatives Trial (FIT).

This program aims to tackle the obstacles faced by parents, particularly women, in joining the workforce by empowering early childhood education services to tailor their offerings and hours to suit local community needs.

Among the 16 grant recipients announced in the first round of successful applicants, Kyogle’s Bundgeam Preschool and the Federal Community Children’s Centre in the Byron Shire hinterland stand out as local beneficiaries.

State Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin, expressed satisfaction with the inclusion of these services, emphasising the dedication of their educators and the positive impact the trial will have on the surrounding communities.

Ms. Saffin also highlighted the broader regional impact, noting that Yamba Early Learning Centre and Clarence Community Preschool in Grafton will also benefit from the program. For instance, the Grafton service will introduce weekend operations, catering to families’ needs beyond the usual weekday schedule.

The family-friendly enhancements offered through the FIT program include extending operating hours, flexible drop-off and pick-up times, options for occasional or ad hoc care, establishment of new family day care services in remote areas, and collaborations between different service types to provide comprehensive care.

This initiative is part of the NSW Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting children and young families, exemplified by the unprecedented $769 million investment to construct 100 new public preschools across the state.

Additionally, $60 million has been allocated to build and upgrade preschools in 50 non-government schools, focusing on areas with the greatest need, along with $17 million for capital works in early childhood services.

Furthermore, the NSW Government is actively bolstering the early childhood workforce through a significant scholarship program, attracting a record number of applicants.

 

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New $8 million learning centre for Casino students

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New $8 million learning centre for Casino students

 

By Samantha Elley

There were a long list of dignitaries, community members, teachers and of course, the students who attended the opening of St Mary’s Catholic College, Casino’s refurbished building, called the Mercy Centre.

One key person missing was parish priest Father Peter Slack, who was recovering from an operation, but his words were read out by Aaron Beach, Regional Service Leader, Diocese of Lismore, Catholic Schools.

“It is a building that is spacious with natural light,” said Mr Beach on behalf of Fr Slack.

“It is a building which invites the world into its walls.”

Built on the site of the Sisters of Mercy, who were established in the 1880s, it is fitting that it has been named the Mercy Centre.

Mr Beach described it as a learning space with flexible learning areas that will foster creative and critical thinking.

The project included a complete refurbishment of the previous block.

The new facility includes a number of general learning classrooms, four state-of-the-art STEM science labs, open learning spaces, study pods, canteen, gymnasium and an auditorium- style seating, referred to as the Learning Commons.

Bishop of Lismore, Gregory Homeming gave the blessing which included the people, the building and the plaque.

“I am blessing more than a building,” he said.

“But I am blessing you.”

With that, he sprinkled holy water on all in attendance, giving a double dose to the politicians who he felt needed the extra kick.

Finally, the plaque was unveiled by NSW Senator, the Hon Jenny McAllister, Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy.

“I understand the building has already been in use for some months,” she said.

“It is an enhancing experience that you all have here.”

The total project cost $8,394,000, with $3,600,000 contributed to by the Australian Government.

Other dignitaries in attendance included Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, Member for Clarence Richie Williamson, Richmond Valley mayor Robert Mustow and Director of Catholic Schools, Adam Spencer.

 

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Tenterfield, Murwillumbah TAFE share over $300,000 in upgrades

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Tenterfield, Murwillumbah TAFE share over $300,000 in upgrades

 

LISMORE MP Janelle Saffin has welcomed a NSW Government investment of over $300,000 in improving technology and infrastructure at Tenterfield and Murwillumbah TAFE NSW campuses.

Ms Saffin said the investment is part of a $300-million state-wide program delivering upgraded facilities and equipment to more than 120 TAFE NSW campuses across the state this financial year.

The funding includes:

  • TAFE NSW Tenterfield: $150,000 for improved network connectivity and Wi-Fi upgrades; $60,000 for replacement of 26 digital devices; and $14,000 for signage and general maintenance.
  • TAFE NSW Murwillumbah: $40,000 for 15 new digital devices; $70,000 for asset renewal, including lift replacement and building upgrades.

The funding is part of the NSW Government’s record $2.131-billion investment in TAFE NSW through the 2023-24 state budget.

Ms Saffin said:

“TAFE creates great vocational and life opportunities for students across all ages.

“I often say to students TAFE can and does change lives,” Ms Saffin said.

“I love TAFE and it is important that it remains the primary provider for the delivery of VET in our local area and indeed state-wide.”

Minister for Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education, Steve Whan said:

“Students and teachers need to have functional classrooms and access to industry-standard equipment.

“Stories of neglected classrooms, poor Wi-Fi connectivity, and out-of-date teaching equipment shine a spotlight on the decade of neglect by the previous Liberal-National Government. The NSW Labor Government is doing something about it.

“This continued investment in TAFE NSW facilities will expand learning opportunities in local communities, improve educational outcomes, and support the state’s critical skills needs.”

 

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