The NSW Government is making our communities greener and more liveable by ensuring more outdoor space is available for the whole community to enjoy.
Schools are at the heart of our communities, as part of Share Our Space - playgrounds, ovals and sports courts will reopen during school holidays at participating schools.
The Department of Education’s School Infrastructure NSW unit manages the program. This involves opening and closing school gates each morning and evening, ensuring the schools are cleaned regularly and by arranging roaming security guards to manage and maintain our valuable school assets.
Information regarding Share Our Space during school holidays in 2019 will be shared when it becomes available.
The $30 million Share Our Space program forms part of the NSW Government’s $290 million Open Spaces and Greener Sydney package to make NSW communities greener and more liveable.
What benefits are there to schools?
Share Our Space offers school communities and neighbours a great opportunity to enjoy local outdoor school facilities during the holidays. The Department of Education’s School Infrastructure NSW unit pays all costs associated with the program.
Why is this Program being rolled out?
Schools are at the heart of our communities. We want to make sure there are beautiful green spaces accessible that everyone can appreciate.
What if there is an accident or injury at the school?
Security Personnel have been briefed with emergency protocols should they become aware of an accident or incident at the school.
For serious accidents or emergencies, you can dial 000 for assistance. Local services including Local Area Command (Police) and relevant Councils have been made aware of the Program. If you observe anyone breaking the rules please call 1300 880 021.
Will there be additional cleaning services?
Cleaners will regularly clean the open space and empty rubbish bins at the school.
How will school assets be protected?
Security is allocated to each school. Gates will be locked each evening to ensure the security of the school is maintained.
The role of onsite guards is to monitor and protect the school’s buildings and assets. Security personnel are not responsible for supervising visitors. However, security will report unruly and unlawful behaviour to the police.
Are toilets open to the public at participating schools?
During Share Our Space school toilets are not open for use by the public.
Are schools open on weekends and public holidays during school holidays?
During announced program dates, participating schools are open 7 days a week including public holidays and weekends.
Who supervises the children while they’re in the school grounds?
Similar to visiting a local park or playground, we encourage everyone to enjoy these school facilities with a responsible adult. The onsite security personnel are not responsible for the supervision of visitors but are briefed with emergency protocols to follow should they become aware of an accident or incident at the school.
How will the Program be funded – are local schools expected to pay?
The Department of Education’s School Infrastructure NSW unit, who is tasked with the planning, delivery and maintenance of public schools, covers the costs of the Program. Funding includes signage, security patrols, regular cleaning and any incidental damages and maintenance required that arises due to the Program.
Why aren’t all schools participating? How can my school get involved?
We work with each school to understand if they would like to participate in Share Our Space. Send us an email at email@example.com if you think your local school would like to participate.