$70 million for Northern Sydney Schools Plan

19 June 2013 

The Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today announced the Northern Sydney Schools Plan, a $70 million initiative that will address enrolment pressures at schools in the Northern Sydney region. 

The Minister was joined by Ministers Skinner and Roberts to announce the plan, which will provide new schools on the North Shore and new classrooms at existing schools, including: 

  • a new comprehensive High School at Crows Nest; 
  • a new primary school for the Lower North Shore; 
  • a major upgrade of Mowbray Public School; and 
  • extra classrooms for Chatswood Public School, Artarmon Public School, Harbord Public School, and Lane Cove West Public School. 

"The NSW 2013-14 Budget demonstrates the NSW Government's commitment to school communities in Northern Sydney," Mr Piccoli said. 

"A new comprehensive, co-educational high school will be created by refurbishing the existing Bradfield College at Crows Nest, which will be relocating to new facilities at the St Leonards TAFE campus at the end of 2014. 

"The new high school will be completed and ready for Year 7 students in 2015. The refurbished facilities will include a new food technology facility, science laboratory, games court area and covered outdoor learning area. 

"A new primary school will also be built on the Lower North Shore and will be open for students in 2016, catering for students in Kindergarten to Year 6. 

"A major redevelopment of Mowbray Public School will see new classrooms replacing aged buildings, to address growing enrolments in the area. 

"The upgrade at Mowbray Public School will also include new administration facilities, a canteen and student and staff facilities. Planning for this upgrade will get underway shortly and the project will be completed in 2016. 

"The Northern Sydney Schools Plan also includes 12 new classrooms for Chatswood Public School, in a new campus. Four new permanent classrooms will also be built at Artarmon Public School, Harbord Public School, and Lane Cove West Public School – 24 new classrooms in total. 

"This work builds on projects announced last year including the multi-million dollar upgrade of Killara High School, the third stage of the campus redevelopment at North Sydney TAFE, and the acquisition of the UTS Kuring-gai site late last year. 

"The 2013-14 Budget provides for spending of $10.24 billion on government schools including $320 million for school maintenance, a 23 per cent increase on the previous Government's last budget. 

"Total capital expenditure for 2013-14 is estimated at $530 million – continuing the significant investment in government education facilities. 

"Since our election just over 2 years ago, the NSW Liberals Nationals Government has committed $2.4 billion to school infrastructure and maintenance. 

"In just over two years, 15 new or relocated public schools have been funded. 30 schools have received major upgrades, including a $94 million project to upgrade Schools for Specific Purposes, with residual BER funds, which cater to students with the most complex needs," Mr Piccoli said.

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