Funds to lift schools

SCHOOL REPAIRS: Education Minister Rob Stokes giving Dubbo MP Troy Grant good news in the State Budget. Photo: CONTRIBUTED.
SCHOOL REPAIRS: Education Minister Rob Stokes giving Dubbo MP Troy Grant good news in the State Budget. Photo: CONTRIBUTED.

Wellington’s public schools were winners in Tuesday’s State Budget.

Along with schools in Narromine, Dubbo and Mudgee, they will share $3.5 million to help fix the maintenance backlog. 

According to figures released earlier this year, public schools in the former Wellington local government area have a combined $1,044,732 maintenance backlog.

Wellington Public School has a repair tally of  $479,862 – nearly half the total amount.

Euchareena Public School is waiting on $104,934 for maintenance.

Mumbil Public School has a $112,823 maintenance backlog.

Dubbo MP Troy Grant is ecstatic about the funding.

“I can’t thank Education Minister Rob Stokes enough for listening and hearing the calls from our teachers and students to fix up our schools,” he said on Tuesday.

“I’ve been to all my schools and seen firsthand the need for maintenance improvements. I’m happy to say I’m stoked with Stokes.”

Mr Grant said the money will go towards fixing classrooms that get too hot or too cold, replacing guttering that is falling off and fixing the maintenance issues that impact on the learning environment for local children. 

He announced funding for a “one-stop shop” Service NSW centre in Wellington.

“When the government initially announced it, it was met with suspicion but the communities that have them are coming to love them,” he said.

The Budget focused on families, farmers and small businesses. 

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said tax reforms would ease the cost of living, doing business and buying a home. 

“This Budget invests our state’s success into our people and communities, easing the tax burden in some cases and abolishing some taxes all together,” he said.

He cited housing affordability reforms, including stamp duty exemptions and abolishing the duty charged on lenders’ mortgage insurance. 

“As a government always looking at reforms to better support our farmers, I’m proud to announce duties on crop and livestock insurance will be abolished from the start of next year.”