Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George said public schools in the electorate can now apply for the third round of funding for building upgrades and maintenance under the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government’s $40 million Public School Upgrade Program.

“The first round projects have been completed, the second round projects are currently underway and I am pleased to announce applications are now open for round three,” Mr George said.

“Schools can apply for project funding up to a maximum of $200,000, which can be for full or part funding of a larger project or several smaller projects,” Mr George said.

“Examples of works being funded include upgrades of kitchen and food technology facilities and science laboratories, renovation of toilets, sports courts and pavement resurfacing, roof, gutter, storm water and drainage upgrades, recarpeting, painting, and the upgrade of access facilities such as ramps, railings and stairs.

“Principals and school communities can identify facilities in need of upgrade, and schools can also choose to self-manage these projects.”

So far 143 projects have been funded in round one and 164 projects funded in round two.

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

“The Liberal & Nationals Government is determined to provide the best learning environments possible in our schools, and the funding provided under this program is an important step in delivering on that commitment.”

Applications close at midnight on Friday 12 April, 2013.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.