26 September 2023

Funding raise goes to upgrade schools

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Three ACT schools are to receive millions of dollars’ worth of new and upgraded infrastructure in the upcoming Budget review.

Announced by Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, schools in Strathnairn, Narrabundah and Garran are to receive over $156 million in school infrastructure.

“A new, zero-emissions primary (P-6) school and early childhood education centre will be built in Strathnairn to open in 2025 to ensure that families moving to Ginninderry have access to free, public education,” Mr Barr said.

“Government is continuing the modernisation of Narrabundah College, which will include new building works and provision of additional modular learning centres for staff and students to use while preparatory works are undertaken for further stages,” he said.

“This package of public school upgrades will also include upgrades to Garran Primary School, with a complete redevelopment and expansion of the much-loved local school.”

Mr Barr said the Garran project would include the delivery of new learning and administration facilities, car parking and improvements to school access.

The Chief Minister said the capacity of the school would be increased to up to 800 students and would include a new gymnasium, hard courts and green spaces.

“The first stage of the Garran Primary School’s upgrade, the construction of a new school campus, is scheduled to be completed by the 2025 school year,” he said.

“Both Narrabundah College and Garran Primary School will continue to operate with as little disruption as possible while these modernisation works are undertaken,” Mr Barr said.

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