New roofs for regional schools

Published: 16 Nov 2020

Released by: Deputy Premier

The NSW Government announced today it is investing $60 million as part of its COVID-19 Recovery Plan to replace roofs at schools across rural and regional NSW. 

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said the Roof Replacement Program will support local construction economies by providing roof repairs and replacements for high priority schools.

“The NSW Government is continuing to roll out record amounts of funding for our regions and schools are no exception,” Mr Barilaro said. 

“Our regional students are amongst the most talented in the country and they deserve to have the same quality facilities as their counterparts in the city. The economic stimulus directly associated with this infrastructure spend will be great news for local communities.” 

“Schools will not need to apply to take part in this program as it is based on priority and community benefits.”

Ms Mitchell said the NSW Government was committed to making sure that local communities have access to modern facilities to support learning outcomes.

“The Roof Replacement Program will accelerate school infrastructure projects with high economic stimulus potential to minimise the impact of COVID-19 by creating local jobs and supporting economic growth,” Ms Mitchell said.

“The funding will benefit local communities by supporting over 300 jobs across regional NSW. Wherever possible, local contractors and suppliers will be engaged to ensure that the positive impact of this stimulus is felt through the regions.”

The program will be prioritised by the need of the school and community benefits.

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