Northern Beaches schools have secured over $10m in infrastructure spending from the NSW Government.

Local schools across the Northern Beaches have been awarded funding as part of the Metro Renewal Program, which is co-funding projects including upgrades to science labs, halls, offices, playgrounds, toilets and other facilities.

The big local winners include Northern Beaches Secondary College (NBSC), Balgowlah Boys Campus receiving a multimillion dollar upgrade for a new hall, gym and multi-purpose space and the Mackellar Girls Campus is also receiving a $200k new science lab.

Other school projects that have received funding include:

  • Manly Village Public – Upgraded administration and staff areas
  • NBSC, Balgowlah Boys Campus – New hall, gym and multi-purpose space
  • NBSC, Mackellar Girls Campus – New science lab
  • Manly West Public – Upgraded toilet facilities
  • Harbord Public – New administration offices
  • Avalon Public – New Covered Outdoor Learning Area
  • Barrenjoey High – New Covered Outdoor Learning Area
  • Bilgola Plateau Public – Upgrade of cricket nets
  • Elanora Heights Public – Canteen upgrade and bush track rehabilitation
  • Mona Vale Public – Upgraded toilet facilities
  • Newport Public – Upgraded toilet facilities
  • Pittwater High – Upgrade of lab rooms
  • Terrey Hills Public – New Covered Outdoor Learning Area
  • Mimosa Public – Vegetable garden upgrade

James Griffin

James Griffin

Member for Manly James Griffin said the investment would bring benefits directly to students and teachers improving schools and providing modern facilities.

“Our investment in local schools is a commitment to the future of the state, ensuring we provide the best education to our children, even in difficult times through the pandemic. New classrooms, halls and office spaces for staff means our children benefit from state of the art facilities and give them the advantage as they move through their school years,” said Mr Griffin.

Rob Stokes

Rob Stokes

Member for Pittwater and NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the funding is an important investment in our local schools.

“These new learning spaces and facilities will help ensure our schools provide a fantastic and well-rounded learning environment for local students. I look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition – along with other major school upgrades in our community,” said Minister Stokes.

Early works are commencing for a major upgrade of Mona Vale Public School and planning work is nearing completion for the Narrabeen Education Precinct, which includes major upgrades at Narrabeen North Public School and Narrabeen Sports High School.

Jonathan O’Dea

Jonathan O’Dea

Member for Davidson Jonathan O’Dea said he was excited that Mimosa Public School received a grant for students to learn about sustainable practices and improving their school environment.

 “I am thrilled that Mimosa Public School was successful in their grant application. I look forward to seeing Mimosa Public School’s vegetable garden upgrade develop in the coming months. It will include seed raising, seed swap, nurturing seedlings, creating a compost corner with a worm farm and mulch bay, harvesting and selling produce,” said Mr O’Dea.

The NSW Government announced $240m in funding for the Metro and Regional Renewal Programs in November 2020 which forms part of a $7b commitment to school funding over the next 4 years. The upgrades are co-funded by the school and NSW Government investment.

Image: Northern Beaches Advocate

Note: The electorate office of Brad Hazzard was approached for details of school projects funded in the Wakehurst electorate but did not respond before publication.