Thousands of students will go back to school next week in brand new classrooms and schools, thanks to the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s record investment in public school infrastructure.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes today announced that 17 new and upgraded schools would open for the first day of Term 1, providing almost 400 new classrooms for students across the State. The record infrastructure milestone includes eight new schools and nine major upgrades.
“From a brand new high school in Ballina to a new special needs school in Dubbo and hundreds of classrooms across Sydney, we are getting on with the job of delivering world-class schools across our State,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“We are delivering the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW. This is only possible due to the strong economic management of the Liberals & Nationals Government.”
Mr Stokes said the 17 new and upgraded schools are part of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s record $6 billion investment into school infrastructure over four years to deliver more than 170 new and upgraded schools.
“These new and upgraded schools are just the start,” Mr Stokes said.
“We are getting on with the job of investing in our State’s future and delivering the resources that our students need to succeed in the future.
“By contrast, when Labor was last in power they closed more than 90 schools including Macquarie Boys High, Beacon Hill High, Maroubra High and Redfern Public School.”
Last year, the Liberals & Nationals Government invested about $130 million each month on school infrastructure, with the program projected to deliver about 40,000 jobs in NSW over the next four years.
In addition to the school infrastructure program, a record $847 million is being spent on school maintenance over four years, along with a record $500 million to provide air conditioning to more classrooms than ever before schools.
New and upgraded schools opening on Day 1, Term 1, 2019:
- Ballina Coast High School – new school, including 69 new classrooms
- Bardia Public School – major upgrade, including 40 new classrooms
- Bella Vista Public School – new school (stage 1), including 20 new classrooms
- Bolwarra Public School – major upgrade, including 10 new classrooms
- Cammeraygal High School – new senior campus site, including 30 classrooms
- Cleveland St Intensive English – new school location, including 23 new classrooms and specialist learning spaces
- Farrer High School – major upgrade, including a new technology building and boarding accommodation
- Hunter School of Performing Arts – major upgrade, including new performing art facilities, a new gymnasium and new outdoor sports courts
- Homebush West Public School – major upgrade, including 26 new classrooms and a rooftop playground
- Lindfield Learning Village – new school (stage 1), including learning spaces for up to 350 students
- Manly Vale Public School – major upgrade, including 40 new classrooms
- Marie Bashir Public School – major upgrade, including 18 new classrooms
- North Kellyville Public School – new school, including 40 new classrooms
- Rainbow Street Public School – major upgrade, including 35 new classrooms
- Randwick Public School – major upgrade, including 10 new classrooms
- Yawarra Community School – new school with four state-of-the art learning spaces for special needs students
- Yandelora School – new school with 16 new classrooms to cater for students with moderate to severe disabilities