Students will be returning to public schools across NSW with freshly painted classrooms and new COLAs after hundreds of maintenance and minor capital projects were completed during the summer holidays.
In 2022/23, more than $1.3 billion is being invested in planned maintenance and minor capital works thanks to the NSW Nationals in the state government’s historic school building program.
Nationals Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the investment in public school maintenance and upgrade projects is benefiting thousands of students and teachers across NSW for the start of the school year.
“This historic funding will ensure that, in addition to our major school building program, we’re delivering upgrades at public schools across NSW, ensuring every child can learn in the highest quality education facilities,” Ms Mitchell said.
“Students will come back from the summer holidays to fresh schools following a blitz of maintenance work, thanks to the investment by the NSW Nationals in the state government.”
“This government wants the best for every student no matter where they go to school, and through excellent planning, we have been able to deliver hundreds of new and upgraded schools while also ensuring thousands of classrooms are maintained.”
The program also uses the Local Trade Scheme, offering local tradies the opportunity to take on jobs valued up to $50,000.
The NSW Nationals in the state government have invested more than $3.6 billion in minor works projects and maintenance for schools since 2019. An additional $1.2 billion for school maintenance was funded through the NSW 2022-23 Budget.
The NSW Nationals in the state government are 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 $9.1 billion invested in projects delivered since 2017, a program of $17.7 billion in public education infrastructure.