Primary and secondary school students in NSW now have the opportunity to learn first-hand about how the North West Rail Link will change their communities for the better.
A collaboration between schools and government agencies has produced the innovative education program, FastTracking the Future, showcasing the real life example of the North West Rail Link.
In partnership with practising teachers, curriculum writers and specialists, the North West Rail Link education program – FastTracking the Future – provides teachers with classroom-ready materials to explore:
- The historical and geographical identity of the North West Rail Link within a major urban growth area;
- The reasoning behind the design and construction of Australia’s biggest public transport project;
- How the project will transform the region.
Elton Consulting was privileged to support Transport for NSW in developing the North West Rail Link education program last year.
Elton Consulting Senior Project Manager and former teacher Oliver Young said major infrastructure projects like the North West Rail Link bring about long-term change for local communities.
“FastTracking the Future provides students along the rail alignment with a unique opportunity to be part of something that will change their lives.,” Oliver said.
“Often communities feel like a major project is something that happens to them. FastTracking the Future provides teachers, students and even their parents with the context for change.”
FastTracking the Future is an example of schools and government agencies working together with this collaboration including primary and secondary teaching and learning books, unit and lesson plans, source materials and worksheets.
All units and lessons are linked to Board of Studies NSW Australian Curriculum-based syllabuses and are suitable for primary and secondary history and geography classrooms.
FastTracking the Future resources are also available from the website. Book chapters can be downloaded in PDF format.
The $8.3 billion North West Rail Link is the first stage of Sydney’s new rapid transit rail network.