The new primary school for Googong in the Monaro region is one step closer, with preliminary works beginning this week at the new school site.

NSW Nationals Leader and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said it marked an exciting milestone for the Googong community.

“This is an important project for Googong – it will provide a much needed new primary school for the area, which will benefit the local community for years to come,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Like many others in the community, I’m looking forward to watching the new school take shape and I cannot wait to see students sitting down in classrooms in this brand new school.”

As preliminary works get underway, the community will also be invited to have their say on what innovative measures can be incorporated into the new school.

“We have the opportunity to create a unique school specifically for the Googong community, and it is vital the community plays a role in guiding what this new school will look like,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This will be done through an online community engagement tool, to be launched in the coming days.

“I encourage parents, students and other community members to start thinking about what they would like to see at this new primary school, so they’re ready to put their ideas forward when the site is online.”

Residents would have already noticed some changes at the site on Gorman Drive, next to the Googong North Village Centre carpark at Googong.

The local branch of Joss Constructions will be delivering the preliminary works. This includes the installation of temporary fencing, the preparation of site for preliminary studies, geotechnical studies and surveys, the creation of an entry point to the site via Googong North Village Centre carpark and the maintenance of the site including lawn mowing.

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said she was pleased that preliminary works for the new school at Googong had begun.

“I want every child in NSW no matter where they live to have access to excellent learning facilities and I’m deeply committed to investing in regional and rural schools, so I’m delighted to see the progress at Googong,” Ms Mitchell said.

The next steps include the development of design, planning approval, and tender for main works.