Work Underway During School Holidays

Two building and maintenance projects have been conducted at two NSW government schools in the Baulkham Hills electorate over the summer holidays in preparation for the 2017 school year.

Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott said the holidays are quiet times for schools and allow capital works and maintenance projects to take place.

“These holidays, major capital works with an estimated total cost of more than $180 million are underway across NSW,” Mr Elliott said.

“More than $33 million of work commenced or was ongoing in minor capital works and in maintenance.

“At Model Farms High School work has been underway during the holidays on landscaping and internal fitouts as part of a $749,000 project that has included improving the physical condition of the school’s entrance and administration.”

Examples of minor capital works include classroom and canteen upgrades, disability access works, and upgrades to facilities like toilets and walkways. The bulk of the maintenance is painting, floor coverings and roofing.

The schools benefiting from minor works and/or maintenance in Baulkham Hills are:

  • Model Farms High School
  • Baulkham Hills North Public School

“It’s not glamorous work but it’s essential to maintaining our schools as welcoming and functional learning environments,” Mr Elliott said.

“Students and staff will notice a difference when they return to school in 2017.”

Since 2011, the NSW Government has committed more than $4.9 billion to school infrastructure and maintenance.

In the 2016/17 State Budget, $330 million was allocated over two years to planned and priority maintenance works in NSW schools.