Public schools in the Tamworth electorate have had their planned maintenance lists cut by nearly 50 per cent as new figures to be released this week show the benefit of a blitz on roofing, flooring, painting and other maintenance projects.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson welcomed the improvement in local school facilities due to the record school infrastructure investment by the NSW Government.

“This is a massive improvement to our local schools and shows the NSW Government’s commitment to get on with the job of school maintenance. 

“We want students and teachers to have access to great facilities which is why we continue to roll out record spending on school maintenance.

Some local schools that have benefited from this record investment include Tamworth High School which has had its planned maintenance liability slashed by $815,154, Farrer High School which has had its planned maintenance liability reduced by $753,942, Gunnedah High School reduced by $692,287 and Oxley High School reduced by $324,052.

Mr Anderson said local primary schools have also seen a massive reduction in their maintenance liability by just shy of $1.2 million.

“Schools right across the Tamworth electorate have seen reductions in their maintenance liability however we’ve still got plenty more to go which is why I will work closely with the Education Minister Rob Stokes to ensure we continue to drive the liability down.”

The reduction in the liability follows the NSW Government’s record $747 million school maintenance investment over the next four years in last year’s NSW Budget.

Planned maintenance refers to non-urgent works undertaken according to an ongoing schedule. It does not include any maintenance that poses a safety risk to students or staff. Similarly, any broken items in classrooms that impact on teaching and learning are also addressed immediately by the school or the department.

In addition to the record maintenance spend the NSW Government is also investing a record $4.2 billion over four years on building more than 120 new and upgraded schools – the biggest investment in public school infrastructure in NSW history.

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