PREMIER VISITS PENRITH PUBLIC SCHOOL FOR SNEAK PEEK OF MAJOR UPGRADE

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes visited Penrith Public School today to see work underway on the school’s $10 million upgrade.

Ms Berejiklian said Penrith Public was one of 190 new and upgraded schools being delivered across NSW as part of the Liberals & Nationals’ record $6.5 billion school building program to support local communities. This is on top of the 80 already delivered.

“It’s fantastic to visit Penrith Public School to see yet another world-class school being built for the growing Western Sydney community,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals are already investing more in school infrastructure over the next four years than Labor spent in their last 14 years.” Penrith Public School’s upgrade will be completed next month and includes 12 new air conditioned classrooms in a new two-storey building.

Mr Stokes said more than 80 new and upgraded schools are being delivered in Western Sydney alone – a $2.1 billion investment that will create about 13,000 jobs.

“Greater Western Sydney is growing and we are investing record amounts to ensure that children in these areas have the best quality education possible,” Mr Stokes said.

“While Labor closed more than 90 schools including Macquarie Boys High, Baulkham Hills Public School, Beacon Hill High School, Maroubra High School and Redfern Public School, resulting in the loss of about 500 classrooms, we are getting on with the job of investing in our State’s future.”

Some of the other major school infrastructure projects currently underway in Western Sydney include:
· New primary school in Glenmore Park;
· New primary school in Jordan Springs;
· Upgrade to Schofields Public School;
· Major upgrade to Westfields Sports High School;
· Major upgrade to Prestons Public School; and
· Major upgrade to Parramatta West Public School.

Just in this year alone, 17 new and upgraded schools opened for the first day of Term 1, providing almost 400 new classrooms for students across the State. The record infrastructure milestone, which was marked by the Premier in January, included eight new schools and nine major upgrades.

New and upgraded schools opened 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 Street 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