Thousands of students across NSW are set to enjoy new science blocks, canteens, and other facilities thanks to a $148 million investment earmarked in the 2022/23 NSW Budget.
More than 450 schools will receive funding under the Minor Capital Works program to make upgrades and improvements to learning facilities. This includes better access for students with disability and a range of security initiatives.
Nationals Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the NSW Government is continually upgrading schools through its record investment in school infrastructure.
“These projects are pivotal for schools to make sure we have quality facilities, giving all students the opportunity to flourish at school, no matter where they live or what their circumstances may be,” Ms Mitchell said.
“Students will not be the only ones to benefit, as local businesses will be encouraged to bid for the works through the Local Trade Scheme. This will help ensure the investment supports our local tradies, particularly in regional communities.”
More than $72 million is being invested in projects to provide new and upgraded covered outdoor learning areas, science facilities, toilet blocks, fencing, and canteens.
A further $76 million is invested in accessibility works to support students with disabilities in mainstream schools, with significant access improvements to classrooms and other facilities. These projects include ramp installations, lifts, handrails toilets, and classroom modification.
The NSW Government is investing $8.6 billion in school infrastructure over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 160 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW.
This builds on the more than $9.1 billion invested in projects delivered since 2017, a program of $17.7 billion in public education infrastructure.