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Opening up school ovals and playgrounds for community use as part of $290 million package

Published 10th April, 2018

After a successful NSW Government trial over summer, more than 80 public schools will throw open their gates these school holidays to allow everyone in the community to enjoy their playgrounds, ovals and sports courts.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes launched an expanded Share Our Space Program at Taverner’s Hill Infants School today that will provide access to enjoy 81 school playground during the coming school holidays.

The $30 million Share Our Space Program follows Monday’s $120 million commitment to secure strategic open spaces for public use and to build more than 200 new and improved playgrounds. The announcements form part of the NSW Government’s new $290 million Open Spaces and Green Sydney package, with more announcements to be revealed in coming days.

“The trial last summer was so successful we are delighted to be extending it to almost double the number of schools next holidays, giving families more options to use valuable open space in communities right across the State” Ms Berejiklian said. “It has never made sense to me that schools are locked up over the holiday period. I’m pleased we are taking action to address this.”

Mr Stokes said school playgrounds are valuable assets and by making them accessible outside of the school term they can provide a broader benefit to the whole community, including opportunities for sport on school ovals.

“We learned a lot from the pilot program – kids don’t want to be stuck indoors during the holidays, and communities respected and welcomed having access to their outdoor school facilities,” Mr Stokes said.

Participating schools will receive a $5000 grant that they can use to help upgrade their facilities for community and school use. The playgrounds will be open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week, from 16 to 27 April 2018.

The following schools will be participating. To locate these schools on a map, go to https://schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au/

Arcadia Vale Public School

Campbelltown Performing Arts High School

Avoca Beach Public School

Cecil Hills High School

Belmont High School

Chipping Norton Public School

Eagle Vale High School

Condell Park Public School

Windsor High School

Walters Road Public School

Cessnock West Public School

Granville Boys High School

Charlestown East Public School

Granville South Public School

Dudley Public School

Miller Public School

Dungog Public School

Strathfield South Public School

Garden Suburb Public School

Tahmoor Public School

Glendore Public School

Warwick Farm Public School

Gresford Public School

Bowral Public School

Greta Public School

Lake Heights Public School

Hunter River High School

Windang Public School

Hunter School of Performing Arts

Bridge Road School

Kincumber Public School

Cronulla South Public School

Kulnura Public School

Green Square School

Lisarow Public School

Heathcote Public School

Millfield Public School

La Perouse Public School

New Lambton Heights Infants School

McCallums Hill Public School

New Lambton South Public School

Mortdale Public School

Newcastle East Public School

Sydney Technical High School

Redhead Public School

Taverners Hill infants School

Speers Point Public School

Tharawal Public School

Tarro Public School

Undercliffe Public School

Wangi Wangi Public School

Blaxland High School

Wirreanda Public School

Emu Heights Public School

Asquith Boys High School

Grose View Public School

Beauty Point Public School

Hambledon public school

Melrose Park Public School

Kurrajong East Public School

Mona Vale Public School

Lapstone Public School

Mount Kuring-gai Public School

Macdonald Valley Public School

Narrabeen North Public School

Megalong Public School

Narrabeen Sports High School

Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School

Newport Public School

Pitt Town Public School

Seaforth Public School

Plumpton Public School

St Ives Park Public School

Quakers Hill Public School

Wheeler Heights Public School

Rydalmere East Public School

Bargo Public School

Rydalmere Public School

Belmore South Public School

Seven Hills West Public School

Bringelly Public School

 

Published 10th April, 2018
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