Written on the 19 February 2019 by Kevin Conolly


Families in The Ponds will benefit from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government's record investment in education, with a major upgrade to John Palmer Public School announced today.

Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly and Education Minister Rob Stokes today visited the school to announce the major investment that will deliver more spaces for local students in new permanent air conditioned classrooms and upgraded core facilities.

Mr Conolly said that he was thrilled to secure the project for the growing local community.

"This is great news for local families. We are ensuring that we have the top-quality school facilities our students need now and into the future," Mr Conolly said.

"Only the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government can be trusted to deliver this important project to make sure our children have the best possible start to life."

Mr Stokes said the project is another example of the NSW Government delivering the school resources local students and their families deserve.

"We want our children to have the best opportunities and providing high-quality school facilities is essential," Mr Stokes said.

The project will see new permanent air conditioned classrooms expand the long-term capacity of the school. The design will maximise the amount of playground space at the school, which has had to accommodate the spread of demountable buildings.

The upgrade to John Palmer Public School expands upon the NSW Government's record $6 billion school building program to deliver more than 170 new and upgraded schools, including new primary schools at Marsden Park and at Farmland Drive in the Alex Avenue Precinct in Schofields.

Also currently underway across the Riverstone electorate are major upgrades to Riverstone High School and Quakers Hill East, Riverbank and Schofields public schools.

Mr Stokes said the Liberal & National Government's record investment in schools was in stark contrast to Labor's.

"The last time Labor was in power, they shut down 90 schools, resulting in a loss of more than 500 classrooms and 2000 student places."

In addition to the record-breaking school building program, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has committed an unprecedented investment to eliminate the school maintenance backlog so that every public school in the State provides the world-class facilities that our students and teachers deserve.

This is Mr Stokes' second visit to Riverstone electorate since school returned in 2019. He recently visited Quakers Hill East Public School to announce an increase in the number of school crossing supervisors and a relaxation in the eligibility criteria, meaning that more local schools will be able to qualify for crossing supervisors from Term 3 this year.

Author: Kevin Conolly


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