Tender open for Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School upgrades after NSW Budget Funding

PLANNING: Tamworth director of schools Ruythe Dufty, Farrer principal Clint Gallagher and MP Kevin Anderson check out the upgrade plans. Photo: Peter Hardin 131117PHB20
PLANNING: Tamworth director of schools Ruythe Dufty, Farrer principal Clint Gallagher and MP Kevin Anderson check out the upgrade plans. Photo: Peter Hardin 131117PHB20

STUDENTS at Tamworth’s Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School won’t have to wait much longer for new facilities with council giving the development the green light.

In Tamworth on Monday, MP Kevin Anderson said the budget funded improvements were now shovel-ready and tender applications for the works were now open.

The school’s upgrade project will include a new state-of-the-art industrial technology building, which will provide new woodwork and metalwork facilities for students.

It will also provide new classroom capacity at the school.

Works will include the expansion and improvement of the school’s existing boarding accommodation as well.

Mr Anderson said Farrer students will benefit from the new facilities, with the school being one of few boarding agricultural campuses in the state.

“Farrer is a key part of our local community here in Tamworth and provides important education opportunities for students across rural NSW,” Mr Anderson said.

“I’m delighted the NSW Government is delivering on this project and that we can now see this planned upgrade become a reality.”

The work is expected to be complete for the start of the 2019 school year.

The budget funding was announced for the school in June, at the same time it was announced Tamworth Public School would receive funding to cater to its growing student population with new, permanent classrooms.