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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


Bathurst South Public School is set to receive new and improved facilities, with its canteen makeover project announced as part of the NSW Government’s $120 million Regional Renewal Program.

Since the announcement of the Regional Renewal Program in October last year, schools have been invited to apply for renewal projects to improve their school facilities.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole welcomed the news that the project at Bathurst South Public has been funded to the tune of $160,884.

“I’m delighted this project has been included in the program and I can’t wait to see the bigger and better canteen under construction,” he said.

“The P & C at the school came up with its own funding of 20 per cent towards this project which really is needed. Their canteen was built more than 50 years ago and really needs a makeover.”

“You couldn’t even swing a cat in there” - Bathurst South principal Greg Cross.

Bathurst South principal Greg Cross said their canteen is so small that “you couldn’t even swing a cat in there”.

“We want to gut and refurbish it and make it bigger as well as including space for an office for the canteen manager,” he said.

Mr Toole said this investment by NSW Government is part of its commitment to build a safer and stronger regional NSW. It is about ensuring regional students can thrive in a great learning environment, no matter where they live or what their circumstances may be.

“Delivery of these projects will be undertaken in the next 18 months as part of the NSW Government’s economic stimulus package for NSW schools,” he said.

The Regional Renewal Program will provide a government co-contribution of between 50 to 80 per cent for school infrastructure improvements to high priority schools in regional NSW. Projects may include new and upgraded covered outdoor learning areas, science facilities, toilet blocks, administration buildings and canteens.


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