EDUCATION BONANZA FOR RIVERSTONE IN STATE BUDGET
Written on the 20 June 2019 by Kevin Conolly
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly welcomed the NSW state budget delivered today which allows people all over the state to benefit from the responsible financial management and discipline of the Liberal Government over the last 8 years.
"Not only is the Government continuing its record investments in transport and hospital infrastructure but this year's budget delivers record investment in education," said Mr Conolly.
School investment this budget year in the Riverstone electorate for projects already under way includes $45 million for the new Farmland Drive (Schofields) primary school; $3.9 million for the Quakers Hill East Public school upgrade; $11.5 million at Riverbank Public school; $9.2 million at Riverstone High School and $24.2 million at Schofields Public school.
New projects to occur during the four year term will include a new primary school in the Tallawong area and major upgrades at both John Palmer Public school and Glenwood High school.
In the neighbouring Londonderry electorate a new primary school will be built in Marsden Park, with a high school in planning to follow.
In addition, the majority of schools in Round 1 of the Cooler Classrooms program will receive their air conditioning in the coming budget year.
Students and parents across NSW will benefit from a record investment in 190 new and upgraded schools, 4,600 new teachers and psychologists and social workers in every high school from an unprecedented $18.5 billion Education budget in 2019-20, an increase of $1.2 billion on the previous year.
Premier Berejiklian said the record investment is part of the NSW Government's plan to have the best education system in Australia, if not the world.
"We are delivering on our promise to provide a quality education to students, no matter where they live or what their circumstances may be," Ms Berejiklian said.
Treasurer Perrottet said the funding demonstrated the NSW Government's commitment to delivering a world class education system for the students of NSW.
"This record school funding is only possible as a result of strong economic management," Mr Perrottet said.
Some other the highlights of the 2019-20 financial year allocations for Riverstone electorate and the region are:
$56 million to complete site acquisition for the new Rouse Hill Hospital, with construction to commence later in the 4 year term;
An allocation for planning the multi-deck car park at Schofields station;
Author: Kevin Conolly
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