Funding for the proposed Narrabeen Education Precinct has been announced.

The Narrabeen Education Precinct was a project initiated by Member for Pittwater and Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes when he was Education Minister.

The Narrabeen Education Precinct will provide an upgrade to the core facilities and learning spaces at Narrabeen North Public School and Narrabeen Sports High School, along with improved connectivity between both schools and new sporting facilities for shared use with the community.

Located adjacent to Warriewood Square, the precinct sits within an area bounded by Jacksons Road, Pittwater Road and Garden Street, North Narrabeen and already includes sports facilities such as a gymnastics centre and indoor sports centre.

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced construction funding has been secured in the 2021/22 NSW Budget for the Narrabeen Education Precinct as part of a $2.1b budget allocation by the NSW Government to deliver 44 new and upgraded schools across NSW.

Rob Stokes

Rob Stokes

“I’m delighted construction funding has been secured for this major education project. This is a key milestone which enables the Narrabeen Education Precinct vision to come to life.

“Planning and design works have been completed over recent years in close consultation with both schools. It’s exciting for everyone to progress to the next step.

“The Precinct will be an incredible education asset in our community – directly benefiting students and catering for the future needs of local young families,” said Minister Stokes.

Mona Vale school performance space

The announcement comes as a major upgrade at Mona Vale Public School gets underway, which was funded from the 2020/21 NSW Budget.

It is understood these major upgrades at Narrabeen and Mona Vale were justified partly as a result of the downsizing of the Ingleside Place Plan from over 3,000 homes to just under 1,000 homes. According to Department of Planning staff at a recent community meeting, the reduction in homes resulted in the removal of plans for a school at Ingleside, which could no longer be justified.

A spokesperson for Mr Stokes said the upgrades are part of a four-year plan by the NSW Government to invest $7.9b, delivering 215 new and upgraded schools in NSW. The spokesperson added this was the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.

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