Give a Gonski

CONGRATULATIONS to the public education community, parents, teachers and students who campaigned relentlessly for O'Farrell to sign up for Gonski. This historic breakthrough in school funding will fund on student need.   Public schools do the heavy lifting for disadvantaged children and the death of the old funding model which entrenched inequity is a victory indeed.   The success of public school campaigners is shown by the share of Gonski funding public schools will receive nationally, 83%. States must grow their school funding indexed at least 3% per year from 2014. The success of the campaign tells politicians that touching the money for our children in public education is a no go zone.   But, and there is always a but, pressure must be kept on other states and territories to sign and federal legislation has to be passed. The Gonski campaign has a second stage so keep it out there.   SUSAN ARMSTEAD President CH Teachers Association


Church pulls out of $21.5m high-rise proposal

premium_icon Church pulls out of $21.5m high-rise proposal

The Catholic Church has withdrawn the controversial proposal.

UPDATE: Cyclist impaled at boardwalk airlifted to Newcastle

premium_icon UPDATE: Cyclist impaled at boardwalk airlifted to Newcastle

'I just hope she will be fine and lives a long and happy life.'

Spelling out the new driving on beaches policy

premium_icon Spelling out the new driving on beaches policy

Signs have been designed and will be installed in coming weeks.