Schools across NSW will benefit from a $110 million maintenance blitz over the summer holidays so students can return to refreshed buildings for the new school year, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes announced.
The summer holiday blitz is part of the NSW Government’s record $747 million school maintenance investment over the next four years announced in the 2017 Budget, allowing each and every school across the State to have their maintenance project lists slashed by December 2018.
“We are making good use of the summer break to carry out important projects while students are off enjoying their holidays,” Ms Berejiklian said. “This includes important roof works, new floor coverings, drainage and painting.”
Mr Stokes said this investment is another example of the Government’s commitment to public education and on delivering local infrastructure across NSW.
“Just like your family home, there are always jobs to be done to keep our schools in top condition,” Mr Stokes said. “With a $25 billion property portfolio of 2,200 schools there will always be maintenance to be done, but good management will keep the list as short as possible, and we are here doing just that.”
The NSW Government also announced as part of its 2017-18 Budget a record $4.2 billion over the next four years on capital expenditure to cater for rising enrolments. This represented a 61 per cent increase on the previous year’s capital program.