Students in Blacktown, Wagga Wagga and Camden will soon have access to new state-of-the-art learning facilities, with three new public schools approved today through the NSW Government’s Planning System Acceleration Program.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said construction will commence on all three schools within the next couple of months, creating 950 construction jobs across these local communities.
“We are committed to improving education standards right across NSW, and that includes providing new and improved environments for our students to learn in,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Combined, the three schools approved today will create new places for almost 2,500 primary students, and inject $127 million worth of investment into these growing communitites.”
The three new primary schools will cater for students from Kindergarten to Year 6 and include:
- a $48 million public school for 1,000 students in Marsden Park, Blacktown;
- a $36 million public school for 480 students at Estella Road, Wagga Wagga; and
- a $43 million public school for 1,000 students in Catherine Field.
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said the three projects are part of the NSW Government’s unprecedented $6.7 billion investment in education to ensure students right across NSW are best-equipped to take on the future.
“These three project approvals will deliver great new schools and learning environments for thousands of students in NSW, and provide community benefits for generations to come,” Mrs Mitchell said.
Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said nine major school and university projects have had their assessments fast-tracked through the Planning System Acceleration Program in the past two months alone.
“These projects will not only deliver new and upgraded learning environments for more than 9,000 students in NSW, they will inject more that $625 million into local communities and create opportunities for 5,650 new jobs during construction,” Mr Stokes said.
The three schools are the latest projects to be determined through the Planning System Acceleration Program that is fast-tracking planning assessments to keep people in jobs and the economy moving during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program has created opportunities for more than 23,000 direct jobs and almost $13 billion worth of economic investment across NSW.