SCHOOL MAINTENANCE BACKLOG SLASHED WITH $7 MILLION IN UPGRADES

SCHOOL MAINTENANCE BACKLOG SLASHED WITH $7 MILLION IN UPGRADES

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

 A MASSIVE upgrade program over the next 12 months will smash through school maintenance backlogs across the Northern Tablelands, with schools to share in more than $7 million in funds as part of the 2017/18 NSW Budget.

Local State MP Adam Marshall today announced that almost 60 public schools would see upgrades, with works ranging from improved air-conditioning and amenities through to fresh paint, carpets and signage.

“This funding is a huge shot in the arm for schools across the region and will help principals take back control of their maintenance,” Mr Marshall said.

“Each dollar will help make our local schools more efficient to run, more comfortable to learn and work in and improve amenities for students of all ages and abilities.

“This is more important than ever – with enrolments in the NSW public school sector projected to grow by 21 per cent by 2031.

“With population growth in the Northern Tablelands exceptionally promising compared to the rest of the state, this is an investment that will help students in future decades.”

Mr Marshall said schools had been prioritised according to the conditions of each campus.

“From big schools like Moree Secondary College, to much smaller facilities like Boomi Public, thousands of students will notice an improvement over the next year,” he said.

Mr Marshall said that the $7 million comes on top of a record spend in NSW schools.

“In addition to $747 million to address the state’s maintenance backlog, the NSW Government is putting $4.2 billion over four years into the development of new and upgraded public schools – a massive investment that goes unprecedented in the history of NSW,” he said.

“Public schools are overwhelmingly the most popular choice for quality education in NSW and that’s even more strongly represented in across the Northern Tablelands. Public schools provide an excellent standard of teaching; the NSW Government’s unprecedented funding will help the facilities keep up to scratch.”

 

Schools targeted for additional maintenance funding:

Armidale City Public School Inverell Public School
Ashford Central School Kellys Plains Public School
Bald Blair Public School Kentucky Public School
Barwon Learning Centre Kingstown Public School
Ben Lomond Public School Macintyre High School
Ben Venue Public School Mallawa Public School
Bingara Central School Martins Gully Public School
Black Mountain Public School Moree East Public School
Boggabilla Central School Moree Public School
Bonshaw Public School Moree Secondary College Albert Street Campus
Boomi Public School Moree Secondary College Carol Avenue Campus
Bullarah Public School Mungindi Central School
Bundarra Central School Newling Public School
Chandler Public School North Star Public School
Croppa Creek Public School Pallamallawa Public School
Deepwater Public School Red Range Public School
Delungra Public School Rocky River Public School
Drummond Memorial Public School Ross Hill Public School
Ebor Public School Sandon Public School
Emmaville Central School Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre
Garah Public School Tingha Public School
Gilgai Public School Toomelah Public School
Glen Innes High School Tulloona Public School
Glen Innes Public School Uralla Central School
Glen Innes West Infants School Warialda High School
Gravesend Public School Warialda Public School
Gum Flat Public School Wytaliba Public School
Guyra Central School Yetman Public School
Inverell High School  

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