New schools for a new generation
The Nationals and Liberals in Government have committed to spending $4.2 billion on education over the next four years - the largest increase in public education in our state's history.
With 164,000 extra students entering the public education system in the next decade the NSW Government is building schools to meet the demand, spending $2.2 billion on 90 projects - including 36 new or upgraded schools in regional NSW - in the next two years to create 32,000 additional places for public school students.
“Right across this state you can see the infrastructure and economic boom and this historic investment in education, capitalises on this and delivers straight back to families in regional NSW,” said Nationals Leader John Barilaro.
Around the state, teachers and parents have been calling out for a long-term plan for capital works in schools, with even small regional schools seeing enrollment jump of up to 50 per cent in the past few years.
With such huge numbers in play, the funding boom for education is the most important social investment the Nationals and Liberals can make for the future of NSW. Around the regions, construction on school upgrades will see work start by years’ end, delivered by the School Infrastructure NSW fund.
A new Ballina High School is under construction and to the west, a $65 million ‘super-school’ is to be built in Armidale and a new Networked Specialist School in Dubbo. The construction of a special needs school in Queanbeyan will mean parents will no longer be forced to commute to Canberra to cater for their child's needs.
Fully funded expansions will commence at Braidwood Central, Monaro High, Jindabyne Central, Karabar High and Queanbeyan High and East Public funded. Continuing work has been funded at Rutherford Public, Coolah Central, and Farrer High in Tamworth. Upgrades will also take place in Brewarrina, Moree, Lennox Head, Collenanebri and Yass High Schools just to name a few.
In addition to bricks-and-motor capital works, regional schools around the state will be complemented by a $46 million spend on internet technology which will roll out in 900 schools around the state as a part of the Connecting Country Schools program. Initiated by former Education Minister and Nats MP Adrain Piccoli, the program will be trialed by Urunga Public School, Grafton High School and Whian Whian Public School where they will have new wireless installed to improve internet connectivity. It will then be rolled out across the state, with tailored solutions to meet each school’s needs.
“This investment ensures no school community in regional NSW misses out because the students in Bourke have every right to use the same learning tools as their counterparts in Bondi,” Assistant Minister for Education and Nationals MLC Sarah Mitchell said.
For more information about school upgrades in your area, please visit https://schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au/
For more information about Connecting Country Schools, please contact your local State Member of Parliament.