Leslie Williams Outlines Proposal For Adult Learning Centre

Leslie Williams Outlines Proposal For Adult Learning Centre

Education Minister Rob Stokes welcomed a proposal for vacant Department of Education land in Port Macquarie to be set aside for a future community education centre and a men’s shed.

Mr Stokes today heard details of the plan from Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams during a visit to the site, a triangle of land to the east of the Douglas Vale Historic Homestead.

Mr Stokes said Leslie Williams had been asking him for some time for any suitable land to house the Port Macquarie Arts & Craft Centre and the Hastings Men’s Shed.

“This may be a good location to continue the use of the land for education purposes. In this case it is for adult learning,” Mr Stokes said.

“Now I have seen the site, I will ask the Department to get the ball rolling on this proposal with a view to providing some wonderful new facilities to support adult education for local residents.”

Mrs Williams said the current buildings that these two groups occupy are far from adequate.

“Whilst the Hastings Men’s Shed have outgrown their building, the Port Macquarie Arts and Craft building it literally falling down around their ears,” Mrs Williams said.

“Together these organisations have hundreds of members enhancing their skill set and interacting with like-minded people so it is important to me that they are able to carry out their activities in suitable surrounds.”

Should the site be made available, Mrs Williams said she would seek financial assistance to help build these facilities.

“There are a number of funding streams that could potentially help to develop this vision and I will be working hard to secure the money required,” Mrs Williams said.

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