NSW budget 2017/2018 benefits Guyra Central School with $7m cut for maintenance backlog

Guyra Central School secondary SRC students.
Guyra Central School secondary SRC students.

Guyra Central School will receive a share of more than $7 million worth of funding, announced in this year’s state budget.

A massive upgrade program over the next 12 months will smash through school maintenance backlogs across the Northern Tablelands, local MP Adam Marshall said last week.

“This funding is a huge shot in the arm for schools across the region and will help principals take back control of their maintenance,” he said.

Mr Marshall said almost 60 public schools would see upgrades, with works ranging from improved air-conditioning and amenities through to fresh paint, carpets and signage.

“Each dollar will help make our local schools more efficient to run, more comfortable to learn and work in and improve amenities for students of all ages and abilities,” he said.

“This is more important than ever – with enrolments in the NSW public school sector projected to grow by 21 per cent by 2031.

“With population growth in the Northern Tablelands exceptionally promising compared to the rest of the state, this is an investment that will help students in future decades.”

Mr Marshall said schools had been prioritised according to the conditions of each campus.

“From big schools like Moree Secondary College, to much smaller facilities like Boomi Public, thousands of students will notice an improvement over the next year,” he said.

Mr Marshall said that the $7 million comes on top of a record spend in NSW schools – with $4.2 billion to roll out over four years to upgrade public schools.

“The NSW Government’s unprecedented funding will help the facilities keep up to scratch,” he said.