$26.3 million public school opens in Sydney
A new public school honouring the NSW Governor Marie Bashir has opened in Sydney’s Inner West.
The $26.3 million Marie Bashir Public School is part of the NSW Government’s $2.4 billion commitment to education infrastructure across the state.
The Marie Bashir Public School opened the first day of the school year in 2014 with 80 students. However, the school will eventually have capacity for 850 students.
The school is situated where the former Sydney Adventist College was located in Strathfield. The government purchased the site for $25 million, and spent $1.3 million to upgrade classrooms, the canteen, student toilets and install a lift.
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said that acquiring the former Sydney Adventist College allowed the government to quickly provide additional school accommodation in an area of growing need.
“Building a brand new school of the same size in this area would have cost in the order of $38 million,” he said.
Mr Piccoli said that in just over two years, 15 new or relocated public schools had received funding.
Marie Bashir became NSW Governor in 2001, and will retire in September this year.