Students and tradies raise the roof over stimulus funding

Students and tradies across the Dubbo electorate will receive a boost when 19 schools receive a new roof under the NSW Government’s $60 million Roof Replacement Program.

Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced that schools in Wellington, Mumbil, Goolma, Geurie, Lue, Gulgong, Narromine, Wongarbon, Mudgee, Dubbo and Wambangalang will all benefit from the record investment in regional school infrastructure.

“The NSW Government’s Roof Replacement Program is designed for regional communities, improving our schools and supporting local businesses, Mr Saunders said.

“I’m thrilled that 19 of our region’s public schools will be included in this program, and also that businesses in our area can also benefit from the investment, helping to stimulate economic growth and support regional communities as we recover from COVID-19.”

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the funding will support more than 300 jobs across regional NSW.

“The Roof Replacement Program will benefit hundreds of our regional schools,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Schools do not need to apply, the program will be prioritised by the needs of the school and community benefits.”

The program will utilise the Local Trades Scheme, a new online platform allowing local tradespeople to engage directly with government to bid for maintenance work at schools in their local communities.

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.

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