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NEW COLAS FOR PENRITH SCHOOLS

Families in Penrith are set to benefit from a new covered outdoor learning areas (COLAs) at four schools under a re-elected NSW Liberal and Nationals Government.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said this investment will deliver major improvements to local schools and support students and teachers.

“Because of the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s long-term economic plan, we are investing $8.6 billion in school infrastructure over the next four years,” Mr Perrottet said.

“We’re committed to delivering infrastructure upgrades to schools across NSW to ensure young people get the best possible start in life, and under a re-elected Liberal and Nationals Government, the Penrith community will benefit from these upgrades.”

Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said the new COLAs will be a wonderful addition to the schools in the area, and will deliver modern resources to students now and into the future.

“We have fantastic local schools and these new COLAs will allow students to enjoy the benefits of outdoor learning as well as provide a sun-safe play area during school breaks,” Mr Ayres said.

“Because of the Liberal and Nationals long-term economic plan we can commit to these projects and help meet the needs of this community.”

The four schools set to receive new COLAs includes Cambridge Park Public School, Jamison High School, Penrith South Public School and Henry Fulton Public School.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said she was pleased to be able to make a commitment to students and families in the Penrith area.

“The Liberal and Nationals in government have a proven track record of delivering schools for growing communities,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Families know under Labor they risk going backwards, given Labor’s track record of closing 90 schools when they were last in government. It’s only the Liberal and Nationals Government that will keep NSW and our young people moving forward.” 

The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government is investing $8.6 billion in school infrastructure over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 160 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This builds on the more than $9.1 billion invested in projects delivered since 2017, a program of $17.7 billion in public education infrastructure.

This latest commitment is another example of the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s nation-leading work to give our kids the best start in life:

  • A $15.9 billion Early Years Commitment, including delivering universal pre-Kindergarten for every child in the year before school and rolling out a full suite of health and development checks to NSW preschools.
  • By building modern schools that prepare students for success investing $8.6 billion for hundreds of new and upgraded schools over the next four years;
  • A once-in-a-generation back-to-basics school curriculum that puts literacy and numeracy first for all students.
  • A $250 million tutoring program to support up to 120,000 students in 2023, bringing the total to $890 million invested in tutoring since 2021. 
  • Making sure we have the best teachers in our classrooms by supporting our students with a guaranteed 6% pay rise for teachers over the next two years, and a $100 million commitment to pay excellent teachers salaries of up to $152,000. 

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