Manly Benefits from Record School Maintenance Funding

Nine schools in the Manly electorate are among the 968 schools across NSW that have received additional maintenance work, clearing over half of the outstanding school maintenance list across the state.

Member for Manly James Griffin welcomed the record investment in local public schools.

“The investment the NSW Government is making to maintain our local schools is unprecedented,” Mr Griffin said.

“These works represent a commitment to not just maintain our public schools but to constantly improve them.

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said an estimated $200 million was spent on 968 additional maintenance and upgrade projects at public schools across NSW during the last few months.

These additional maintenance works are part of a $1.3 billion election commitment that is on track to be completed by the middle of the year.

“We are now over halfway to achieving our election commitment to wipe the additional maintenance backlog at our schools and we are on track to achieve it by July this year as promised,” Ms Mitchell said.

“The effort made by tradespeople, builders and department staff across the state has been incredible, handling both the task of bushfire recovery for day one and pushing on with our maintenance commitment.”

The maintenance blitz focused on additional repairs and upgrades including roof works, new floor coverings, drainage, electrical work and painting.

The NSW Government is investing $6.7 billion over four years to deliver more than 190 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. In addition, a record $1.3 billion is being spent on school maintenance over five years, along with a record $500 million for the sustainable Cooler Classrooms program to provide air conditioning to schools. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.