Thursday August 18, 2016
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP, recently attended James Erskine Public School to present a cheque of $28,000, on behalf of the NSW Government, in order to jointly fund the installation of a covered walkway.
As part of her visit, Tanya Davies examined the newly installed infrastructure, along with Principal Corinna Robertson and Director of Public Schools NSW, Penrith Principals’ Network, Deborah Summerhayes.
“This is a fantastic investment for our school, as it will support students and teachers in maximising learning spaces, in all types of weather, by allowing for classrooms to be extended outdoors, facilitating further work and activities,” Principal Robertson said.
The joint funding is part of the record investment in capital works and maintenance projects for schools across NSW, with nearly $1 billion in additional funding allocated to NSW Public schools over the next four years, as part of the recent 2016-17 NSW Budget.
“The 2016-17 NSW Budget contains a substantial boost to the NSW Government’s maintenance program, with $554 million allocated in 2016-17, an increase of 37 per cent on last year’s expenditure,” said Tanya Davies.
Since 2011, close to $4.9 billion has been invested in school infrastructure and maintenance, including 32 new and relocated schools, 64 major school upgrades and a program specifically designed to upgrade and enhance science labs in more than 50 schools.
“As a passionate advocate for schools across Mulgoa, I understand the impact that a positive education has on our children and their futures and I remain committed to always striving for increased funding and support of our schools, in light of their ongoing significance to all aspects of the community,” Tanya Davies said.
“I extend my sincere thanks to all of the hardworking teachers, school staff and administrators who make our schools the beacons that they are for learning, personal growth and development, as well as fostering a sense of community,” said Tanya Davies.