Steph Cooke with students at Narrandera East Infants School

Public schools across the Cootamundra electorate will remain hives of activity over the summer holidays, as the tradespeople arrive to spruce up school grounds while students and teachers are on leave.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP announced today that more than $265,704 will be spent on school projects in Cowra, Eurongilly, Gundagai, Nangus and Narrandera, which are running over the summer holiday period.

Projects at local schools include $34,650 for a stage lift for students with a disability at Cowra High School and almost $200,000 for painting and flooring at Narrandera High School.

The full list is as follows:

  • $34,650 for a stagelift to the Hall for students with a disability at Cowra High School
  • $2,860 for Eurongilly Public School to maintain fencing, gates, grilles and grounds
  • $17,061 for ceiling, painting, sewerage system, walls and partition, windows, doors and shutters maintenance at Gundagai South Public School
  • $3,800 for painting at Nangus Public School
  • $11,697 for painting and flooring maintenance at Narrandera East Infants School
  • $195,636 for painting and flooring at Narrandera High School

Ms Cooke welcomed the investment in local schools in the electorate.

“Every child deserves to have access to great facilities, wonderful teachers and get an excellent education and that is what we are delivering for students right here,” Ms Cooke said.

Education Minister Rob Stokes said this program is another example of how this Government is committed to public education and delivering local infrastructure to support communities right across NSW.

“Just like your family home, there are always jobs to be done to keep our schools in top condition,” Mr Stokes said.

“We carry out projects in our schools every day of the year, but we really ramp it up over summer to get schools in their best condition to start the new school year.

“Every single job, no matter how big or small, matters. Keeping our educational facilities in tip-top condition promotes a sense of pride in our schools and this improves teaching and learning.”

The summer holiday blitz is part of the NSW Government’s record $847 million school maintenance investment over the next four years.

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 along with a record $500 million to provide air conditioning in schools. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.