Green light for hundreds of school projects

A $120 million Metro Renewal Program has been announced for up to 1,000 projects.

A building blitz of up to 1,000 projects is about to start in hundreds of public schools as part of the new $120 million Metro Renewal Program announced today.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell announced the program today that will provide high priority schools in the Greater Sydney area with infrastructure upgrades.

Ms Berejiklian said the NSW Government is continuing its record investment in school infrastructure.

“This program will deliver a much needed boost, not just to school infrastructure and the local economy but also to the morale of school communities,” Ms Berejiklian said.

"I want to ensure every child in NSW has the opportunity to be best they can be, no matter where they live or what their circumstances may be.”

Mr Perrottet said the program would benefit schools while also seeing jobs and funding flow into the local community.

“The Metro Renewal Program will accelerate the delivery of community funded school infrastructure projects and deliver facilities that students and local communities deserve,” Mr Perrottet said.

“Up to 1,000 projects that schools have been working to see funded will go ahead thanks to this funding.”

The program will provide a government co-contribution of between 50 to 80 per cent for metro school capital improvement projects, including covered outdoor learning areas, science facilities, toilet blocks, administration buildings and canteens.

The funding commitment for metro schools follows the $120 million Regional Renewal Program, announced by the NSW Government in late October this year.

Ms Mitchell said the NSW Government is committed to ensuring we keep school facilities in top condition for students and staff across NSW.

“Despite a very challenging year with a global pandemic and an unprecedented bush fire season, school maintenance and improvement projects as well as the delivery of new and upgraded schools are forging ahead, this program is the cherry on top,” Ms Mitchell said.

Eligible schools will be contacted by the Department of Education to learn more about the program.

The NSW Government is investing $6.7 billion over four years to deliver more than 190 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.

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