More classrooms and play space for local students

Published on 22 June 2021

Students in Neutral Bay through to St Leonards will benefit from an historic school building program in the NSW Budget with funding announced for a major upgrade of Neutral Bay Public School and a brand new primary school for St Leonards.

Member for North Shore Felicity Wilson welcomed the funding as great news for local families and school staff.

Our local schools offer wonderful learning environments with excellent teaching and a supportive community, and this investment will deliver the additional classrooms and play space that our kids need now and into the future.”

“I made an election commitment that I would ensure major upgrades at these local schools, and this funding cements my delivery at all three – Neutral Bay Public School, North Sydney Demonstration School, and Mosman High School.”

Neutral Bay Public School will undergo a major upgrade, refurbishing existing classrooms, adding additional classrooms, overhauling administrative facilities for our teaching staff, and providing a significant increase in play space through the acquisition of an adjacent property.

St Leonards will have its first ever school, with a brand new primary school to be built in an innovative integrated high rise mixed use development in the Herbert Street Precinct.

The budget also includes funding for an Environmental Education Centre at Middle Head.

“The major upgrade at Neutral Bay Public School is a great win for our community – led by our community – and this funding ensures this high performing school will continue to be a great place to learn and grow.”

“More and more families are choosing to make St Leonards their home, and this investment in a brand new primary school at St Leonards will ensure kids in this dense CBD have access to the educational facilities that every growing community deserves.”

“As a hidden bushland area on Sydney Harbour, Middle Head offers the unique confluence of natural environment, indigenous history, and military heritage, which will now be a new home of environmental learning for students across NSW.”

“I am excited about this investment in our public education and look forward to working with the local community to deliver these projects.”

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said this year’s Budget takes the school building pipeline to a record $7.9 billion investment with 215 new and upgraded schools, continuing the government’s commitment to students across the state. This funding is part of a $2.1 billion 2021-22 budget allocation.

“This historic school building program began in 2017, and since then, we have spent more than $7 billion on new and upgraded schools. The additional funds in this Budget grow the pipeline to $7.9 billion worth of investment in new and upgraded schools over the next four years, making this a $15 billion school building program.

“Across NSW, thousands and thousands of students are benefitting from new and upgraded schools, and this will continue under this government.”

The NSW Government is investing $7.9 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 215 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.

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