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Port Stephens high schools get set for major upgrades


Port Stephens high school students are set to receive a significant boost as both Hunter River High School and Irrawang High School have Development Applications approved for major school upgrades. 

The upgrade at Hunter River High School will deliver a new learning hub with eight new support classrooms, a new double-height gymnasium, a new administration building, renovations to existing buildings and classrooms, an upgraded outdoor area, as well as improved parking and drop-off and pick up area. 

Hunter River High School sports field artists’ impression

The Irrawang High School upgrade will also deliver a new learning hub with eight new general classrooms and six support classrooms, an expansion and refurbishment of the library, a new school entry and a new support student drop-off and pick-up area. 

“I am delighted works are getting underway on major school upgrades for students and families from Hunter River and Irrawang high schools,” said Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Learning Prue Car. 

“Students deserve to learn in high quality facilities, and it is fantastic to see these long-awaited projects making progress.” 

Irrawang High School learning hub artists’ impression

The upgrades come as planning work, including site selection work, is continuing for the new public high school for Medowie. 

These major upgrade projects are part of the NSW Labor Government’s plan to rebuild education infrastructure in NSW, with the 2023-24 Budget delivering a historic $1.4 billion for new and upgraded schools in regional NSW. 

“Our community is so excited that the Hunter River High School and Irrawang High School upgrades have finally got the green light and are getting underway,” said Member for Port Stephens Kate Washington. 

“These desperately needed upgrades will complement the new public high school for Medowie, for which planning is well underway.” 

Site establishment works are now underway at both schools, in preparation for construction to start in the coming weeks. 

Both school upgrades are on track for completion in early 2025. 

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