Students in Heathcote are joining the thousands of other students across Sydney benefitting from the NSW Government’s school COVID stimulus program.

Cook School, Engadine West Public School, Heathcote Public School and Marton Public School are receiving playground upgrades and Sutherland North Public School are receiving a toilet upgrade, as part of the $120 million Metro Renewal Program.

I am very excited to welcome this funding into our public schools, especially after what has been a very challenging year.

This program will also see jobs and funding flow into local communities by engaging local tradespeople wherever possible.

The funding will deliver a much-needed boost to our electorate, enhancing school infrastructure and the local economy.

Delivery of these projects will be undertaken in the next 18 months as part of the NSW Government’s economic stimulus package for NSW schools.

In November 2020 the NSW Government announced the $240 million Metro and Regional Renewal Program. The Metro School Renewal Program will provide a government co-contribution of between 50 to 80 per cent for school infrastructure improvements to high priority schools in Sydney. Projects may include new and upgraded covered outdoor learning areas, science facilities, toilet blocks, administration buildings and canteens.

The NSW Government is investing $7 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver more than 200 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.