19 September 2023

NSW Government pledges more than $1.4 billion to build new regional schools, upgrade existing ones

| Claire Sams
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Prue Car outside MRHS

NSW Education Minister Prue Car outside Murrumbidgee Regional High School during a visit to Griffith in June. Photo: Supplied.

The New South Wales Government has earmarked more than $1.4 billion over four years for regional school construction and upgrades to existing facilities.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Learning Prue Car said the funding would deliver much-needed projects.

“Communities across regional NSW have been crying out for urgently needed schools and school upgrades but under the previous Liberal National government, they were left behind,” she said.

“The previous government’s record on education in regional NSW was marked by forced mergers and empty promises.

“Whether it is new builds, expanded facilities, or significant upgrades, the Minns Labor Government will get the job done because we know the importance of a good education.”

Nowra will see the construction of a new primary school, while Googong and Bungendore will be the sites of new high schools.

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The Government has also committed funding for Stage 2 of the new Jerrabomberra High.

A new high school in Googong and a Jerrabomberra school were promises made during the 2023 state election.

Moruya High School, Murrumbidgee Regional High (at its Griffith High and Wade High campuses), Ulladulla High, Ulladulla Public School and Milton Public School will be the sites of major upgrades.

Funding will also be put towards rebuilds at several regional schools, including for Jindabyne Education Campus.

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Other areas – such as Calderwood and Flinders in Shellharbour and West Dapto in Wollongong – have also been announced as places where planning for future schools will now begin.

Minister for Regional and Western New South Wales Tara Moriarty said the funding would benefit regional communities.

“A $1.4b investment in school facilities for regional people is a big win that I am very proud of our Government being able to deliver,” she said.

“Regional areas have had their educational needs badly neglected over the last decade, and we are turning around that situation in the first Minns Labor Government budget.

“The strong commitment to enhancing regional education facilities reflects our strong commitment to regional people across all of government.”

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