The NSW Nationals in the state government have built a record-equalling 42 new and upgraded schools this year, and are poised to break the record in Term 3.

More than $1.3 billion has been invested in the record-breaking 2020 building program under NSW Nationals Education Minister Sarah Mitchell, benefitting thousands of students and providing thousands of construction jobs.

Ms Mitchell said she was thrilled the next phase of school building was well underway with planners, architects and builders to be engaged by the end of 2020 on more than 130 projects representing a total project value of $1.2 billion.

“We will continue our record $6.7 billion investment in school infrastructure to support our students and ensure they have access to high-quality education facilities,” Ms Mitchell said.

“The scale of school building in NSW is unprecedented and will ensure our growing communities have quality schools to learn in.”

Even during the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW Nationals in the state government have kept building. Last year, 42 new and upgraded schools were opened with more than $1 billion invested.

The fast-tracking of planning approvals through the Planning System Acceleration Program also means construction has started or will begin soon on eight school projects.

“We will support jobs across the state as we look to recover from COVID-19, and at the same time secure the future prosperity of NSW by enhancing schools for our students and teachers,” Ms Mitchell said.