Alister Henskens portrait
Alister Henskens portrait

Smarter Look for our Local Schools as New School Year Begins

White paint on paint roller

Students in our local schools have returned to school with fresh grounds, with hundreds of maintenance and minor capital projects having been completed during the summer holidays. 

In 2022/23, more than $1.3 billion is invested in planned maintenance and minor capital works thanks to the NSW Liberal and Nationals historic school building program.

Fourteen schools in the new electorate of Wahroonga and the former electorate of Ku-ring-gai are benefiting from repairs such as fresh paint, carpet, roofing, and plumbing, being Normanhurst Public School, Normanhurst West Public School, Pennant Hills Public School, Pymble Public School, Turramurra Public School, Turramurra North Public School, Waitara Public School, Warrawee Public School, West Pymble Public School, Beaumont Road Public School, Killara Public School, Ku-ring-gai High School, Pennant Hills High School, and Turramurra High School.

Member for Ku-ring-gai Alister Henskens SC said the investment in public school maintenance and upgrade projects are benefiting thousands of students and teachers across NSW for the start of the school year.

“This historic funding will ensure that, in addition to our major school building program, we’re delivering upgrades at public schools across NSW, ensuring every child can learn in the highest quality education facilities,” Mr Henskens said. 

“Students have come back from the summer holidays to fresh schools following a blitz of maintenance work, thanks to the investment by the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government.”

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government have invested more than $3.6 billion in minor works projects and maintenance for schools since 2019. An additional $1.2 billion for school maintenance was funded through the NSW 2022-23 Budget. 

“This government wants the best for every student no matter where they go to school, and through excellent planning, we have been able to deliver hundreds of new and upgraded schools while also ensuring thousands of classrooms are maintained,” Ms Mitchell said.  

The program also uses the Local Trade Scheme, offering local tradies the opportunity to take on jobs valued up to $50,000. 

The NSW Government is investing $8.6 billion in school infrastructure over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 160 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This builds on the $9.1 billion invested in projects delivered since 2017, a program of $17.7 billion in public education infrastructure.