Raymond Terrace and Salamander Bay schools slated for improvements in NSW Government's $484m minor works program

Irrawang High is one of four Port Stephens public schools that will receive upgrades as part of the NSW Government's $484 million Minor Capital Works program.

Irrawang High is one of four Port Stephens public schools that will receive upgrades as part of the NSW Government's $484 million Minor Capital Works program.

More than 250 schools across the state, including four in Port Stephens, will receive upgrades as part of a NSW Government program to improve playgrounds, science facilities, canteens and accessibility.

Under the $484 million Minor Capital Works program, Hunter River High, Irrawang High and Irrawang Public schools in Raymond Terrace and Tomaree High School in Salamander Bay will receive $756,000 worth of integration improvements.

These improvements are "works that need to be carried out prior to a student with a disability entering the school".

At Hunter River High, Irrawang public and Tomaree High schools these improvements will include the establishment of a support class.

At Irrawang High School, it is for disabled amenities and a stage lift.

"The NSW Government is continuing to invest in public school students in Port Stephens with $756,000 allocated locally for capital works," Taylor Martin, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, said.

"This continued investment is essential for our students to be able to thrive in a great learning environment, no matter where they live or what their circumstances may be."

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said not only would the program improve the 250-plus schools, more than half of which are located in regional and rural NSW, but would also provide "hundreds of jobs for local businesses".

"This government is investing record amounts into our schools to ensure that every child, no matter where they live, has access to excellent schools and education facilities," Mr Barilaro said.

"This investment will also provide a welcome boost for regional economies by creating jobs and providing work for local tradespeople at a time when it is needed most."

It follows the news in March that Irrawang Public School would receive $1.25 million to relocate and upgrade its administration building and improve security as part of the NSW Government's $120 million Regional Renewal Program.

Under the same program, Hunter River High, and Anna Bay, Bobs Farm, Hinton, Iona, Medowie, Mount Kanwary, Salt Ash, Soldiers Point and Tanilba Bay public schools were granted between $20,000 and $700,000 for school improvements.

The NSW Government is investing $7.9 billion into public schools in the the next four years - its largest investment in public education infrastructure in the state's history.

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