Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke discussing the $630,000 laboratory renovations at Cootamundra High School with Alasdair Sides, Head Teacher, Science.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke visited Cootamundra High School today to mark the beginning of construction on new science labs being delivered at the school by the NSW Government.

The $630,000 project is expected to be completed in March next year and will provide students with new state-of-the-art science facilities.

“I’m delighted this much-needed upgrade is now under way and that we can provide our local students with the facilities they deserve for a great education,” Ms Cooke said.

“The new labs will do a much better job of supporting teachers and students who love science and I’m thrilled that students will be able to benefit from these terrific new labs from early next year.

“Since my election last year the state of the labs here has been at the top of my agenda and I’m very pleased and proud to see this upgrade being delivered. While students enjoy the holidays, their science facilities will be being transformed.”

Matt Nicholson and Jake Goodman from MNP Plumbing, West Wyalong, working on the site.

Education Minister Rob Stokes said the project is another example of the NSW Government delivering the school resources that students and local communities deserve.

“We want students to learn in the best possible facilities so they’re inspired every day when they come to school,” Mr Stokes said.

The NSW Government is investing $6 billion over the next four years to deliver more than 170 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW.

In addition, a record $847 million is being spent on school maintenance over four years, along with a record $500 million for the sustainable Cooler Classrooms program to provide air conditioning to schools. Cootamundra High School has an allocation of more than $368,000 for 18/19 for maintenance.

This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.