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Schools to throw open gates for community use

After a successful summer trial, over 80 schools will open their playgrounds, ovals and sports courts for community use these holidays.

a young boy playing on a swing in a playground

School playgrounds are valuable assets to the community, and give families more options to use open spaces.

The Share our Space Program launched by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes this week will provide access for the broader community to enjoy school playgrounds during the holidays.

“It has never made sense to me that schools are locked up over the holiday period. I’m pleased we are taking action to address this” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We learned a lot from the pilot program – kids don’t want to be stuck indoors during the holidays, and communities respected and welcomed having access to their outdoor school facilities,” Mr Stokes said.

Participating schools will receive a $5000 grant that they can use to help upgrade their facilities for community and school use. The playgrounds will be open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week, from 16 to 27 April 2018.

Find a list of participating schools at School Infrastructure NSW.

Read the media release.

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