Bobin Public School’s road to recovery

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell visited a northern NSW school to see firsthand the work done to rebuild since bushfires swept through the community.

Image: Creative response: Education Minister Sarah Mitchell with members of the Bobin Public School community in front of one of the school murals created in response to the bushfires.

Almost three years after fire swept through the site, Bobin Public School is now once again flourishing.

In November 2019, a bushfire destroyed four of the school’s five buildings and damaged the library.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell visited the school today to catch up with students, staff and parents.

Ms Mitchell said it was remarkable to hear of the school’s recovery first-hand.

“The resilience and strength shown by staff and students at Bobin Public School is inspiring,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We were pleased to be able to get the physical infrastructure work fast-tracked so that students could return to classes at the school on Day 1, Term 1 2020.

“However, we know that these events leave enduring scars after the fires have passed, so it is important we continue to speak with staff, students and the community about their journey.”

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said it was great to see the community back on its feet and stronger than ever after the devastating fires.

“I am so pleased to see the resilience of the Bobin Public School community and the ongoing support the community has provided,” said Mr Bromhead.

Bobin Public School principal Sarah Parker said she was thankful for the fast and immediate work the NSW Government actioned to get the school running as soon as possible.

“We have been so supported by the NSW Government and the Department of Education to ensure the school was up and running for our families,” Ms Parker said.

“It was great to see our journey of recovery expressed in such a creative way with publishing books and murals around the school.

“When it comes to disaster recovery, a high level of support is needed. Our community has come together in the most amazing way.”

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