Two Murwillumbah schools get budget boost

Murwillumbah High School, which was built in 1929, will receive some much needed renovations as a result of the 2018 NSW State Budget. File photo

Lismore MP Thomas George has announced funding has been set aside for major upgrades at two public schools in Murwillumbah in today’s NSW Budget.

‘Murwillumbah High School will have its facilities expanded to for allow additional new teaching spaces and will also have its core facilities upgraded to address enrolment growth,’ Mr George said.

Murwillumbah East Public School will see major upgrades, addressing damage caused by flooding in March 2017.

‘Four classrooms and the library at Murwillumbah East Public School were damaged during Cyclone Debbie, with demountable buildings provided to cover for the students.

‘Funding in the 2018/19 budget will provide for the necessary upgrade to the schools, improving the education facilities and experience for students and their families.

A spokesperson for Mr George declined to place a figure on the value of the upgrades, saying this would could only be determined once a full assessment had been made.

In May, Labor candidate for Lismore, Janelle Saffin, quoted figures gleaned under a Freedom of Information request outlining a $5 million maintenance backlog at schools in the electorate, including unremediated flood damage at four directly affected by the 2017 floods.

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