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NSW starts building blitz on hundreds of schools

The New South Wales Government is set to start a building blitz featuring up to 1000 projects as part of the $120 million Metro Renewal Program.

The program will provide high priority schools in the Greater Sydney area with infrastructure upgrades.

It will provide a government co-contribution of between 50 to 80 per cent for metro school capital improvement projects, including covered outdoor learning areas, science facilities, toilet blocks, administration buildings and canteens.

The funding commitment follows the $120 million Regional Renewal Program, announced in October.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Government is continuing its record investment in school infrastructure.

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“This program will deliver a much-needed boost, not just to school infrastructure and the local economy but also to the morale of school communities,” Berejiklian said.

“I want to ensure every child in NSW has the opportunity to be best they can be, no matter where they live or what their circumstances may be.”

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the program would benefit schools while also seeing jobs and funding flow into the local community.

“The Metro Renewal Program will accelerate the delivery of community funded school infrastructure projects and deliver facilities that students and local communities deserve,” Perrottet said.

“Up to 1000 projects that schools have been working to see funded will go ahead thanks to this funding.”

NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the NSW Government is committed to ensuring we keep school facilities in top condition for students and staff across NSW.

“Despite a very challenging year with a global pandemic and an unprecedented bush fire season, school maintenance and improvement projects as well as the delivery of new and upgraded schools are forging ahead, this program is the cherry on top,” Mitchell said.

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