IN GOOD NICK: Goonellabah Public acting principal Mark Spencer says his school is in fairly good nick.
IN GOOD NICK: Goonellabah Public acting principal Mark Spencer says his school is in fairly good nick. Cathy Adams

$2.3m for works at Northern Rivers schools

GOONELLABAH Public School acting principal Mark Spencer feels his school is in pretty good nick compared with some other schools in the area.

“Maintenance surveys are conducted all year round by the Department of Commerce and we follow cycle of maintenance, but things deteriorate quicker than the cycle,” Mr Spencer said.

“We do the best with the resources we have.”

Schools throughout the Northern Rivers won't have to wait much longer to have essential infrastructure upgraded.

The NSW Government has allocated $150 million for work at 790 schools statewide.

Of that amount Northern Rivers schools will receive $2.32 million.

The funding is part of the NSW Government's Principals Priority Building Program. It will be used to provide security fences, fix toilets, roofs, sewage systems and stormwater drains.

NSW Minister for Education and Training, Verity Firth, said all NSW public school principals were asked to nominate the top minor works projects they wanted done at their schools.

“The program is about reducing future maintenance spending, and that is how the funding has been distributed,” she said. “Over the Christmas break painting, carpeting and other improvement works were completed at schools throughout NSW.”

A spokesman for the Minister said 29 schools on the Northern Rivers would receive repairs under the program.

He said a starting date for the works was not yet confirmed, but included toilet upgrades, roof upgrades, and sewerage and stormwater drainage works.

SCHOOLS UPGRADES
  • Toilet upgrades to public schools at Lennox Head, Barkers Vale, Caniaba, Doubtful Creek, Jiggi, Kyogle, Tabulam and Urbenville.
  • Roof upgrades to public schools at Ocean Shores, Bonalbo, Wyrallah and Lismore High School.
  • Drainage work will be done at Bangalow Public School and stormwater works will be done at Coorabell, Teven-Tintenbar, Albert Park, Chillingham, Crystal Creek, Goonellabah, Mummulgum, Nimbin Central, The Risk and Wilson Park public schools; and Kadina and Kyogle high schools.
  • Drainage and stormwater works will be completed at Wardell Public School.


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