NSW Nationals Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell joined Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson to celebrate the beginning of Tamworth Public School’s significant upgrade last week.

Ms Mitchell said the multi-million dollar upgrade, set to finish in 2020, includes seven new contemporary classrooms and a new hall.

“I am thrilled to be here today to mark the beginning of construction of this huge upgrade, which will be enjoyed by Tamworth kids for years to come,” Ms Mitchell said. “This upgrade will include the refurbishment of existing classrooms to provide three practical activities areas, the upgrade of the hall to provide extra staff facilities and the renewal of the former teacher’s cottage.”

“We want our children to have the best education possible, and providing world-class facilities is a key part of that.”

Mr Anderson said the Nationals in Government were prioritising regional education, with a number of major upgrades taking place in the New England area and across the State.

“This project at Tamworth Public School will deliver the excellent resources our wonderful teachers and students in the electorate deserve,” he said. “We are also committed to taking care of existing schools, which is why a record $18.4 million is earmarked for maintenance work in the New England region this financial year alone. Everyone in the Tamworth electorate knows times are tough for our community at the moment, that’s why it is absolutely crucial we continue to invest in our education system, not only to ensure our kids have access to the best possible resources, but also to provide them with normality and stability as the drought persists.”

The NSW Government is investing $6.7 billion over the next four years to deliver more than 190 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. In addition, a record $1.3 billion is being spent on school maintenance over five years, along with a record $500 million for the sustainable Cooler Classrooms program to provide air conditioning to schools.