LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS SHARE RECORD CAPITAL AND MAINTENANCE SPEND
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said local public schools will benefit from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s record investment in school infrastructure announced in the State Budget this year.
Mr Anderson welcomed the expenditure, which will improve the learning facilities for local students.
“The NSW Government will spend $554 million in 2016-17, an increase of 37 per cent on last year’s expenditure,” said Mr Anderson.
“The 2016-17 Budget includes an allocation of $330 million over two years to address priority maintenance needs in schools, including $4 million for schools in our electorate alone.
“The previous NSW Labor Government left behind a school infrastructure and maintenance backlog liability of almost $1 billion. In contrast this budget contains a substantial boost to the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s already extensive maintenance program.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is determined to provide the best learning environments possible in our schools.”
School principals consulting with Asset Management Units will select high priority maintenance projects through the planned maintenance program.
Under the Local Schools, Local Decisions reform, implemented by the current Government, principals now have greater decision making responsibilities about maintenance.
Since 2011, the NSW Government has committed almost $4.9 billion to school infrastructure and maintenance, with almost $2 billion allocated for school maintenance.