A number of Tweed schools are set to receive new roofs from the Liberal & Nationals Government $60 million Roof Replacement Program.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest celebrated the news that 17 schools would be part of the program and that students will benefit from the updated facilities in the near future.

“The NSW Government’s Roof Replacement Program is designed for regional communities, improving our schools and supporting local businesses,” Mr Provest said.

“I’m thrilled a number of our local schools will be included in this program, and also that businesses in our area can also benefit from the investment, helping to stimulate economic growth and support regional communities as we recover from COVID-19.”

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the funding will benefit local communities by supporting more than 300 jobs across regional NSW.

“The Roof Replacement Program will benefit hundreds of our regional schools,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Schools do not need to apply, the program will be prioritised by the needs of the school and community benefits.”

The program will utilise the Local Trades Scheme, a new online platform allowing local tradespeople to engage directly with government to bid for maintenance work at schools in their local communities.

The NSW Government is investing $7 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver more than 200 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW.  This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.