Hundreds of building projects will commence at schools across regional New South Wales, with the announcement of the Regional Renewal Program.
The new $120 million stimulus program, which forms a part of the state’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan, will provide a government co-contribution of between 50 to 80 per cent for regional school capital improvement projects including covered outdoor learning areas, science facilities, toilet blocks, administration buildings and canteens.
The NSW Government will partner with school communities to identify projects at each school, providing work for local businesses.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the program will target local contractors and suppliers to ensure that the impact of the stimulus is felt through the regions.
“Our students in the bush deserve access to the best quality facilities and I know school communities across regional NSW have been working hard to raise funds for these additional projects. The Regional Renewal Program will see the NSW Government top-up the funds for these projects to be delivered,” Mr Barilaro said.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet commented that the program will accelerate projects nominated by school communities and help create local jobs.
“The funding will directly benefit local communities, boost businesses and create and support hundreds of jobs across regional NSW,” Mr Perrottet said.
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell added that the Government is committed to making sure local communities have access to modern facilities to support learning outcomes.
“Our regional schools have plenty of projects that they have been fundraising for, and I’m excited that this program will give them the additional funding to see projects realised,” Ms Mitchell said.
Eligible schools will be contacted by the Department of Education about the program.