Repairs and upgrades for region’s schools

WHILE students and teachers have been on school holidays across the north, at least nine  local schools in the Northern Tablelands electorate have been busy with improvement projects.

 Nationals MP Adam Marshall said the school holiday period provided the time to upgrade and repair school facilities, while students and staff are off premises and enjoying their break.

 “In the tablelands, nine improvement capital works projects worth $1,632,000 have been undertaken at five local primary and four high schools during the holidays,” Mr Marshall said.

 “In addition, $683,000 has been spent on maintenance during the holidays at 36 local schools. This involved the painting of buildings, repairing damage and replacing ageing infrastructure.

 “This is great news and I’m very pleased that thousands of our students will be returning to school next week to find enhanced facilities which will help their learning and development.”

 The nine capital improvement projects include:

* $80,000 at Deepwater Public School for wheelchair ramp access to two school buildings;

* $330,000 at Duval High School for the construction of a new lift, removal of trip hazards and visually-impaired line marking;

* $30,000 at Glen Innes High School for visually-impaired line and post marking;

* $300,000 at Inverell High School for the provision of a lift to one of the school’s buildings;

* $13,000 at Glen Innes Public School for visually-impaired line marking;

* $10,000 at Inverell Public School for the construction of handrails throughout the school;

* $396,000 at Ross Hill Public School for toilet upgrades, installation of a stage lift, air cooling modifications for the library and hall and new path and covered walkway;

* $200,000 at Warialda High School for disabled access to parts of the school and construction of a disabled access toilet; and

* $273,000 at Armidale City Public School to upgrade existing toilet facilities.

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