CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY MAINTENANCE BLITZ FOR SIX LOCAL SCHOOLS

Monday, 18 December 2017

MORE than $180,000 will be spent on school maintenance projects across the Northern Tablelands over the Christmas holidays, local State MP Adam Marshall announced today.

Welcoming the investment, Mr Marshall said six local schools would see improvements over the holiday period – Warialda High, Uralla Central, Moree Secondary College (Carol Avenue Campus) and North Star, Moree and Drummond Memorial Public Schools – including painting of the exterior and interior of buildings, new flooring and roofing.

“This is a terrific Christmas present for our schools and follows significant investment in improving educational facilities right across our region again this year,” he said.

“Not only will needs-based funding from the State Government for our region’s schools increase by another $3 million next year, under the original Gonski reforms, but many school students and teachers will see upgrades to their schools when they return.”

Earlier this year Mr Marshall opened the $16 million rebuild of Moree East Public School and a $1.2 million upgrade of Glen Innes High School, currently underway, will be completed over these holidays.

In June this year, as part of the 2017-18 NSW Budget, Mr Marshall announced that a new high school would be constructed in Armidale, at a cost of more than $65 million.

Mr Marshall said that during the last school holidays almost $250,000 was invested by the government in improvement projects at five local schools and he was delighted another six would get some attention this time round.

“Every child deserves to have access to great facilities, wonderful teachers and get an excellent education and that is exactly what is being delivered for students here in the Northern Tablelands,” Mr Marshall said.

“We are making good use of the summer break to carry out important projects while students are off enjoying their holidays.”

The summer holiday blitz is part of the NSW Government’s record $747 million school maintenance investment over the next four years announced in the 2017-18 Budget, allowing each and every school across the State to have their maintenance project lists slashed by December next year.

Details of the works occurring over the school holidays across the region are:

• Warialda High School painting $12,974
• Uralla Central School painting $45,089
• North Star Public School painting, flooring & roofing $37,081
• Moree Secondary College flooring & painting $21,200
• Moree Public School painting $48,146
• Drummond Memorial PS painting & flooring $15,677

MEDIA: Will Kelly 0447 386 645

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