Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP announced today that five schools across the Cootamundra electorate will throw their gates open to the community over the upcoming summer school holidays as part of the NSW Government’s Share Our Space Program.

The participating schools are:

  • E A Southee Public School (Cootamundra)
  • The Henry Lawson High School (Grenfell)
  • West Wyalong High School
  • Woodstock Public School
  • Wyalong Public School

The program allows members of the community to use their local public school’s outdoor facilities, providing new opportunities for play, sport and outdoor recreation. More than 230 local schools across the State will make their outdoor facilities available to the public.

Ms Cooke encouraged the community to make the most of a great opportunity for fun.

“The Share Our Space Program provides valuable opportunities for local children and families to get out and play,” Ms Cooke said.

“I’m delighted the NSW Government is thinking outside the box to provide open play areas for our local community, and putting school assets to good use.”

Education Minister Rob Stokes said the program had been a great success over the last year and expected an enthusiastic response from the public this time around.

“Sharing our school resources with everyone benefits our whole community, and I encourage people to get down to their local school and use the facilities available,” Rob Stokes said.

Participating schools will be open every day from 22 December 2018 to 25 January 2019, 8am to 6pm.

The Share Our Space Program is part of the NSW Government’s $290 million Open Spaces and Green Sydney package.

Participating schools will receive a $5000 grant for opening their facilities to the public.

The NSW Government is delivering a record $6 billion school building program over the next four years, which will provide more than 170 new and upgraded schools to support communities throughout NSW. This is the largest investment into public school infrastructure by any state government in Australian history.