Dubbo to receive special needs school

Deputy Premier and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant and Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today announced the NSW Government will build a multi-million dollar school in Dubbo for students with special needs.

Mr Grant said the new school will be built on the site of the Dubbo West Infants School. Dubbo West Preschool, Infants and Primary schools will be brought together on the Dubbo West Public School site.

"The facility for students with special needs will be a brand new educational resource for Dubbo with far-reaching benefits," Mr Grant said.

"The school will be home to a specialist centre that will respond to students in rural and remote NSW who require personalised learning and support. Government and non-government agencies will share expertise and connect with families and schools in Dubbo and across Western NSW.

"This is fantastic news for Dubbo and Western NSW. I have lobbied the Education Minister for a special needs school since being elected to Parliament and I am proud that the Liberals & Nationals Government will deliver it," he said.

Mr Piccoli said the new school will cater for students in Dubbo who have additional learning and support needs.

"Students at the school will also benefit from the expertise of the specialist centre that will operate from the school," Mr Piccoli said.

"The existing buildings at the infants school site will be upgraded to provide classrooms for students with additional support needs, as well as housing the specialist centre."

Mr Piccoli said the project will include:

  • a school for specific purposes of four classrooms with practical activity areas, a special programs room, purpose-built bathrooms, a games court and an undercover student drop off area;
  • the Networked Specialist Centre with a range of multipurpose rooms; and
  • Shared facilities for the whole centre including multipurpose spaces, high-level technology facilities and car parking.

Mr Grant said bringing together all Dubbo West Public School students on the one campus will be positive for students and their families.

"As part of this redevelopment four new state-of-the-art classrooms with practical areas will be built, as well as a new preschool facility on the primary site," Mr Grant said.

"Having everybody on the one campus offers educational and social benefits for students and their families and will also be a great asset to the wider community."


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