The Liberal and Nationals Government will roll out more than $1.3 million worth of improvements and upgrades across schools in the Orange Electorate.

NSW Nationals Upper House MP Sam Farraway said quality educational facilities were key to enhancing the learning environment for students.

“The improvements include upgrades to bathrooms and making them more accessible, to installing safety fencing and making facility improvements to an early learning centre,” Mr Farraway said.

“Our record investment into school, health and road infrastructure has seen regional NSW become a place where people chose to work, live and raise a family.

“By ensuring regional schools can continue to cater for the growing number of students we’re securing a brighter future for NSW families.”

Schools that have receive funding include:

Bowen Public SchoolEarly Learning Centre
Orange High SchoolSport Court - Bathroom Upgrades - Accessible Toilet
Parkes Public SchoolSafety Fencing
Forbes North Public SchoolAccessibility Ramps

Principal of Forbes North Public School, Mr David McGaw said he appreciated the NSW Government remaining mindful of the needs of all students in public schools.

“These investments go a long way in supporting the additional needs of our students, balancing the scales for the regions and ensuring our students and staff access facilities that make the learning conditions safe and engaging,” Mr McGaw said.

“With this funding, new bathroom amenities ensure greater access, and this inclusive decision caters for and creates an environment where all are welcome which is the cornerstone of New South Wales public schools such as Forbes North.”

“I am grateful to the NSW Government’s investment as it helps our school meet the needs of every student and allows wheelchair access to every part of our school.”

Principal of Orange High School Kristie Anderson welcomed the announcement and thanked the NSW Government, saying that the investment would guarantee equal opportunity for students, no matter their background.

“With this funding, new sporting and bathroom amenities will ensure that all students, including those with special needs, are catered for, creating an environment where no student gets left behind,” Ms Anderson said.

“I am grateful to the NSW Government’s investment as it will future-proof our school.”

The NSW Government is investing $8.6 billion in school infrastructure over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 160 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This builds on the more than $9.1 billion invested in projects delivered since 2017, a program of $17.7 billion in public education infrastructure.

Media release issued by the Nationals Upper House MP, The Hon. Sam Farraway MLC - Thursday 29th September 2022.