Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the news that three local schools are one step closer to new and improved facilities with project funding announced as part of the NSW Government’s $120 million Metro Renewal Program.
Since the announcement of the Metro Renewal Program in November last year, schools have been invited to apply for renewal projects to improve their school facilities.
“I’m delighted that Cranebrook High School and Emu Plains Pubic School will receive funding towards shade structures and Kingswood High School will have bathroom/toilet upgrades.
“This investment by the NSW Government is essential for our students, so that they can thrive in a great learning environment, no matter where they live or what their circumstances may be.
“Delivery of these projects will be undertaken in the next 18 months as part of the NSW Government’s economic stimulus package for NSW schools,” Stuart Ayres said.
The Metro Renewal Program will provide a government co-contribution of between 50 to 80 per cent for school infrastructure improvements to high priority schools in metropolitan areas. Projects may include new and upgraded covered outdoor learning areas, science facilities, toilet blocks, administration buildings and canteens.
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said these projects are part of the NSW Government’s stimulus program and the State’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.
“I’m pleased that we are continuing our record investment in school infrastructure. The funding will directly benefit local communities and support hundreds of jobs in metro NSW,” Ms Mitchell said.
“This program is part of the NSW Government’s economic stimulus response to the pandemic, and will deliver educational benefits, community benefits and economic benefits as communities continue to recover.”
The NSW Government is investing $7 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver more than 200 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.