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More than 20 schools throughout the Paterson and Shortland electorates will benefit from new or upgraded facilities and equipment.

It’s all part of the federal government’s School Upgrade Fund (SUF), delivering almost $640,000 to the two regions.

Innovative outdoor learning spaces are slated for Cardiff High, Maitland Grossman High, Millers Forest Public, Northlakes High, St Patrick’s Primary, St Kevin’s Primary and St Pius X Primary schools, while Charlestown Public and Northlakes Public will welcome refurbished classrooms.

Other local projects include:

  • Arise Christian College – Building new outdoor learning spaces, and installing and/or upgrading shade structures
  • Beresfield Public School – Building new outdoor learning spaces and upgrading an existing outdoor learning space. Installing shade structure
  • Garden Suburb Public School – Air conditioning and ICT equipment
  • Holy Spirit Infants School – Building new outdoor learning spaces and upgrading an existing outdoor learning space. Installing shade structure
  • Holy Spirit Primary School – Installing and/or upgrading shade structures
  • Hunter River High School – Purchasing and/or upgrading ICT equipment (including laptops and tablets) and repairs or maintenance to school facilities
  • Hunter Trade College – Purchasing and installing air purifiers
  • Kurri Kurri Public School – Building new outdoor learning spaces, and installing and/or upgrading shade structures
  • Pelaw Main Public School – Upgrading or improving existing outdoor learning spaces, and installing and/or upgrading shade structures
  • Rutherford Public School – Upgrading or improving existing outdoor learning spaces
  • Rutherford Technology High School – Refurbishing classrooms
  • St Kevin’s Primary School – Provision of flexible learning arrangements for students
  • St Phillips Christian College Port Stephens – Upgrading or improving existing outdoor learning spaces, installing and/or upgrading shade structures, and Repairs or maintenance to school facilities
  • Standford Merthyr Infants School – Upgrading or improving existing outdoor learning spaces, installing and/or upgrading shade structures, and Repairs or maintenance to school facilities
  • Tarro Public School – Installing and/or upgrading shade structures
  • Telarah Public School – Building new outdoor learning spaces, upgrading or improving existing outdoor learning spaces and purchasing and/or upgrading ICT equipment (including laptops and tablets)
  • Tomaree Public School – Upgrading or improving existing outdoor learning spaces
  • Woodberry Learning Centre – Upgrading or improving existing outdoor learning spaces, and installing and/or upgrading shade structures
  • Woodberry Public School – Installing and/or upgrading shade structures

Paterson MP Meryl Swanson admitted it was important to invest in public schools.

“From new laptops and air purifiers to upgraded outdoor sports equipment, this funding has delivered enhancements to schools in the electorate that need it the most,” she said.

“This is another important step in delivering on the Albanese government’s commitments to build a better and fairer education system.”

Shortland MP Pat Conroy agreed.

“We want all students to get access to a quality education, including access to quality facilities to learn in and play on,” he added.

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