The next tranche of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Regional Renewal Program has been announced, delivering more than 370 regional projects across the state.
NSW Nationals Education Minister Sarah Mitchell joined Sam Farraway MLC at Orange Public School, one of the program recipients, to announce the second tranche of the $120 million program.
Ms Mitchell said the NSW Nationals in the state government continued to prioritise regional schools and communities as the state recovers from the pandemic.
“The Regional Renewal Program will accelerate the delivery of school improvement projects, injecting millions of dollars’ worth of stimulus into local economies,” Ms Mitchell said.
“I’m delighted to see more than 370 projects in this next phase of the program. Overall, we will see over $66 million invested in regional infrastructure from this phase.
“The Regional Renewal Program is providing more jobs for locals in our regions by using local tradies for work where possible. Improving schools is a key part of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s commitment to building a safer and stronger regional NSW.”
Mr Farraway said he was glad the stimulus is assisting communities and schools with access to updated and modern learning spaces.
“It is great to be able to have the Minister in Orange to announce round two, and to look at how Orange Public School will use this funding to improve learning spaces for their students,” Mr Farraway said.
“We have already seen schools across the region benefit from the $1.7 million injected into the electorate as part of the first round of the regional renewal program. Schools like Orange High School, Canobolas Rural Technology High School, Molong Central School and Bowen Public School are just some of the schools set to benefit.
“This funding is particularly important and shows our commitment to a safer and stronger regional NSW by enhancing the education opportunities available in our communities and ensuring that no matter what their post code, our students are given every chance to achieve their goals.”
The projects are identified by school communities and co-funded by the school and the NSW Nationals in the state government.
The NSW Nationals in the state government are investing $7 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver more than 200 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.