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As part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan, $120 million has been committed to accelerate projects and deliver modern infrastructure to schools right across regional NSW.
An additional $120 million is available for schools in metropolitan Sydney to deliver a range of projects that will help improve the amenity of their school. The total value of investment is up to $480 million, including important school contributions.
The Programs aim to create and support local jobs and economies, in particular the construction services industry. Evidence also indicates that improved learning environments benefit the health, wellbeing and learning outcomes of students.
The type of projects to be delivered include:
● canteen upgrades
● Covered Outdoor Learning Areas (COLAs)
● wet areas and amenity upgrades
● outdoor and play equipment upgrades
● access and car parking improvements.
These Programs will make a positive difference to young people and their local communities right across NSW.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Regional and Metro Renewal Program?
The Regional and Metro Renewal Programs are a NSW Government investment of $120 million each for regional and metro schools to help kick start local jobs and increase opportunities in local communities. This is a co-funded program based on the ability of a school to contribute up to 50 per cent of the total project cost.
When will the Program start?
The Regional and Metro Renewal Programs will start in November 2020.
What projects will be delivered?
The Programs will deliver minor capital projects at schools across NSW with the aim of improving the school’s amenity. Projects will include canteen, COLA, and landscaping upgrades.
How will projects be determined?
Projects are based on existing information captured in the Departments of Education’s Asset Management System. This list of projects have undergone an initial review and vetting process and prioritised using a set of criteria. Projects will progress in consultation with school principals and school communities.
How much do schools need to contribute?
Each school will have a scale to contribute with a maximum school contribution of up to 50 per cent. The co-contribution value will be outlined in the application form provided to school principals.