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Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has announced that a re-elected Baird Government will undertake a major upgrade of Pottsville Beach Public School to provide facilities for up to 1000 students.

Mr Piccoli visited the school with Tweed MP Geoff Provest to make the announcement.

“The Tweed is growing and this major upgrade will help the school keep pace with increasing demand,” Mr Piccoli said.

“We will construct a new multi-storey building with 10 classrooms, a library, a special programs room, sports stores and other student facilities.

“The existing library will be converted into two classrooms and the existing administration block will be extended to provide additional administration and staff facilities. The upgrade will remove a number of demountables from the site.

“We have a plan for replacing demountables and improving school facilities in the Tweed. Our investment at Pottsville alone is close to what Labor intends to spend replacing demountables across the entire State in one year. The fact is, we have a serious plan for improving schools in the Tweed and Labor does not.”

Geoff Provest said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has invested over $9.1 million in public school capital works and maintenance in the Tweed electorate over the last four years.

“NSW was the first State to sign up to the Gonski reforms, an agreement which directs $5 billion to schools in NSW to support quality teaching and learning in classrooms across the State,” Mr Provest said.

“In 2015 alone, schools in the Ballina electorate have received $3.8 million in needs-based funding, which supports teaching and learning in every classroom.”

Mr Piccoli said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has committed almost $3.2 billion to school infrastructure and maintenance in the last four years.

“In our first term of government 18 new or relocated public schools have been funded and 44 major upgrade projects have been announced,” Mr Piccoli said.

“The NSW Government has also announced funding for an additional 694 additional permanent classroom spaces, reducing the need for demountables.

“These projects will deliver over 10,084 net additional public school places for schools across the State.

“The NSW Government is determined to provide the best learning environments possible in our schools,” Mr Piccoli said.

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