All regional schools, including some of NSW’s most remote, will receive a high-speed internet upgrade thanks to the NSW Nationals in the state government.
The upgrade for regional schools includes connecting the remaining 12 mainland schools on satellite internet to fibre.
NSW Nationals Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said that bringing these schools onto fibre meant that every school in mainland NSW would be connected to broadband internet.
“Making sure our country school students have the same opportunities as their metro counterparts is incredibly important to me,” Ms Mitchell said.
“This internet upgrade will see 12 schools that are still on satellite join every other school in mainland NSW on fibre cables.”
Hundreds of other regional schools already on fibre connections will see their speeds lift thanks to a $328 million partnership with Telstra.
“Daily school activities for students and staff more frequently require technology and a reliable, high-speed internet connection,” Ms Mitchell said.
“With this upgrade, teachers won’t have to plan lessons around the speed of their internet, and students can access the same learning resources no matter where their school is.”
The upgrade will be completed over the next 18 months, three years ahead of schedule.
The schools coming off satellite are:
- Booligal Public School
- Clare Public School
- Colo Heights Public School
- Enngonia Public School
- Louth Public School
- Macdonald Valley Public School
- Naradhan Public School
- North Star Public School
- Upper Coopers Creek Public School
- Wanaaring Public School
- Wattle Flat Public School
- Weilmoringle Public School