NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister, Rob Stokes, visited Valley View Public School on December 5 to announce an additional $100m will be added to the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s school maintenance fund.
The additional $100m brings the total investment in NSW schools by the Liberals and Nationals Government to $847m over four years. According to the Premier, the additional money is being allocated to schools with the highest maintenance needs, and $260m of the funding will be invested this financial year. “This investment will ensure that every student, in every school, has an equal opportunity to achieve excellence,” Berejiklian said.
“When the NSW Liberals and Nationals came to government we inherited a large maintenance liability from Labor. “Once again we are fixing the mess that Labor left for NSW. “Boosting the school maintenance fund by another $100m is only possible due to the strong economic management of the NSW Liberals and National’s Government,” Berejiklian said. Minister Stokes said that managing school maintenance is an ongoing challenge that the NSW Government is confronting head on. “Just like any other buildings, schools need constant maintenance. “We’re getting on with the job of ensuring our schools remain in tip-top condition because that is what our teachers and students deserve,” Stokes said. Brian Perrem, Liberal Candidate for The Entrance, also attended the announcement.
“The additional funding announced today is a huge boost for the Central Coast. “It will ensure that students and teachers can work in the best possible conditions. “Only the NSW Liberals and Nationals can deliver this sort of major investment,” Perrem said. “Our public schools are some of the most important tools in building a bright future for NSW. “We want communities to have pride in their schools, just like we have pride in their hard working students and teachers,” Stokes added.
Source: Media release, Dec 5 Miles Godfrey, Office of Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Premier