Work has begun on the new primary school in the rural village of Murrumbateman, on Canberra’s outskirts, today (Tuesday, 4 May).
The work includes building a temporary fence around the school site and bore water testing.
Village residents can expect some noise during the bore water testing, which is expected to last until Friday, 7 May.
Once complete, the new school will accommodate up to 370 students and include flexible learning spaces, a library, hall, canteen, special program unit, covered outdoor learning area, administration and staff facilities.
The 1.5-hectare site is located at 2 Fairley Street, next to Murrumbateman Preschool and Fairley Early Childhood Service, near the village centre.
There are several developments either nearing completion or in the planning stages that will increase Murrumbateman’s population during the next few years. The village’s residents say a school is needed to support families moving to the area.
Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman celebrated the beginning of work on the new school.
“The community will benefit from this new school immensely and I am excited to see the work beginning,” she said.
NSW Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the new primary school at Murrumbateman is part of the state government’s commitment to new and upgraded schools across NSW.
“We are continuing our record investment in new and upgraded schools, and spending more on regional schools than ever before,” she said.
“I’m excited for the community and can’t wait to see this project completed.”
Work on the site will take place between 7 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday, and 8 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. No work will take place on Sundays or public holidays.
You can stay updated on the Murrumbateman primary school project through the NSW Department of Education’s School Infrastructure website.