LOCAL SCHOOLS BENEFIT FROM FIRST ROUND OF $40M UPGRADE PROGRAM

LOCAL SCHOOLS BENEFIT FROM FIRST ROUND OF $40M UPGRADE PROGRAM

16 December 2011

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced the first schools in the electorate to receive building upgrades under the Liberal & Nationals Government’s $40 million Public School Upgrade Program.

“The Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has advised me that Lismore High, Murwillumbah High and Wollumbin High Schools will receive a total of $260,000 from the program, which was an election commitment made by the Liberal & Nationals Government,” Mr George said.

“I’m very pleased the new government has been able to start delivering on this promise so quickly.”

Lismore High will be allocated $170,000 for refurbishment of a double classroom to accommodate dance/drama performance area.

Murwillumbah High will receive $30,000 to upgrade Support Unit fencing and playground.

Wollumbin High will upgrade science laboratories for $60,000.

In line with the Government’s commitment to increase decision making at a local level, the principal and the community were able to identify facilities for upgrading, with schools also able to self-manage the projects.

“Work on some projects will start during the summer holidays, so students, teachers and parents will start benefitting from these improvements in the near future.”

The work announced for the electorate is part of $10 million being spent this financial year under the four-year upgrade program.

More than 125 schools around NSW are benefitting from this round of funding, with work on all the projects due for completion by 30 June 2012.

The Liberal & Nationals Government is also spending $5 million in 2011-12 of an extra $20 million for school maintenance.

“For 16 years under Labor, local school facilities were allowed to run down, which made it harder for students to learn and for teachers to teach,” Mr George said.

“The Liberal & Nationals Government is determined to provide the best learning environments possible for schools.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577