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Regional schools receive funding boost

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Regional NSW will have a share of a record State Government investment of $4.2 billion to upgrade and build new schools as part of the 2017-18 state budget over the next four years.
Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, said this investment is a turning point for how we deliver high quality learning facilities for schools across regional NSW.
“From Queanbeyan to Old Bar to Wamberal, the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government is investing in education infrastructure to meet the rising demand for regional school places,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Right across this state you can see the infrastructure and economic boom and this historic investment in education, capitalises on this and delivers straight back to families in regional NSW.”
Assistant Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said it was vital we prepare for the huge influx of students expected in our schools over the next decade.
New schools will be announced at Warnervale and in the Tweed.
A range of upgrades will go ahead for more than 36 existing schools over the next four years to increase capacity and provide improved environments for learning and teaching.
“This isn’t just an investment in bricks and mortar this is an investment in the next generation and the generations to come,” Mrs Mitchell said.
Construction on new or upgraded schools worth $2.2 billion will commence during 2017/18 and 2018/19 as part of the government’s total $4.2 billion investment in new schools and existing capital schools works over the next four years.
NSW Government schools face soaring enrolments in the years ahead with a 21 per cent increase – about 164,000 new students – by 2031.