The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will invest an additional $917 million to build an extra eight new schools and significantly upgrade a further 31, delivering more world class learning environments for thousands of students across NSW.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Education Minister Rob Stokes said this means 190 schools across the State are now under construction or will be soon, and will bring the Government’s total investment in school infrastructure to $6.5 billion over the next four years.
“It is only because of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s strong economic management that we can make this historic investment in NSW education,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“This is the largest investment in public school infrastructure by any State Government in Australian history and guarantees NSW will continue to have the best schools and the best learning environments in the country.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals are already investing more on school infrastructure over the next four years than Labor spent in their last 14 years.
“This additional funding will supercharge what was already a record school infrastructure program, to cater for the growing demand in our outstanding public school system.” Since coming to Government, the NSW Liberals & Nationals have invested in more than 270 new and upgraded public schools.
Mr Stokes said the additional $917 million investment will create about 1000 new air conditioned classrooms for an extra 22,000 students across the State.
“Our public schools are among the best in the world – we’re thrilled to remove demountables and deliver thousands of new air conditioned permanent classrooms across NSW,” Mr Stokes said.
Some of the new and upgraded schools to be delivered include:
· A new primary school in South Nowra;
· Major upgrade to Irrawang High School in Raymond Terrace;
· Major upgrade to John Palmer Public School in The Ponds;
· A new primary school in Epping; and
· A new primary school in Glenmore Park.
The commitment will provide more than 40,000 jobs over the next four years.
The $917 million injection comes after 17 new and upgraded schools opened across the State for the start of the 2019 school year, including Ballina Coast High School, Bella Vista Public School, North Kellyville Public School, Rainbow Street Public School and Marie Bashir Public School.
Mr Perrottet said the NSW Liberals & Nationals’ strong economic management has allowed it to invest heavily in schools and this would be put at risk under Labor.
“As our State grows, we are ensuring it grows well with our record schools building program because every child counts,” Mr Perrottet said.
“This investment is the dividend from eight years of strong financial management that will be undermined by a Labor party that only has plans to cut, cancel and cripple NSW.”
The last time Labor was in power they closed more than 90 schools, including Macquarie Boys High, Beacon Hill High, Maroubra High and Redfern Public School, resulting in the loss of about 500 classrooms. A list of projects to be delivered as part of the additional $917 million investment is attached.