The Tweed community is one step closer to upgrades commencing at four schools, with Evolve Constructions awarded the early works construction contract.
Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest welcomed the progress on the projects at Tweed Heads South Public School, Tweed River High School, Kingscliff Public School and Kingscliff High School.
“I’m excited that these projects can now get started and I look forward to watching the fantastic new facilities take shape,” Mr Provest said.
“The contract for the early works signifies the next milestone in the $120 million upgrades which will deliver permanent new classrooms and refurbished facilities to each of the four schools.
“Tweed Heads and Kingscliff are important, growing regional centres, so I’m very pleased the NSW Government is prioritising the educational needs of our young people.
“These upgrades provide our local business community with the opportunity to provide skills and services that further build the capability and strength of our communities, while improving economic growth for the region.”
The upgrades, which are due to be complete by the end of 2021, include the following new facilities:
- The upgrade at Kingscliff Public School will provide 32 new permanent classrooms, a new library, play spaces and outdoor amphitheatre, and new school entry and teacher facilities.
- At Kingscliff High School students will benefit from refurbished learning spaces and library, a new visual and performing arts building, new senior learning environment and the refurbishment of hospitality teaching facilities.
- The upgrade at Tweed Heads South Public School will deliver 11 new permanent classrooms, a new library, new out of school hours care facilities and a new school entrance and improved playground space.
- At Tweed River High School the school community will benefit from a new library, new senior learning environment, three new science labs and two new classrooms, extension of the technology and applied studies building and refurbishment of the hospitality teaching area.
Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the major upgrades at the Tweed and Kingscliff schools demonstrated the NSW Government’s commitment to regional students and teachers.
“I’m proud that these major upgrades will benefit the north coast communities for years to come,” Ms Mitchell said.
“These upgrades will showcase to the region our commitment to building educational infrastructure where design, engineering, technology and pedagogy intersect to deliver innovative learning outcomes for these communities.”
The early works, which are due to be completed by the end of June, will deliver a new canteen and extension of the hall at Kingscliff Public School; a new purpose-built sports pavilion at Kingscliff High School; a new canteen and school entrance at Tweed Heads South Public School; and an upgrade to the canteen and landscaping at Tweed River High School.
The NSW Government is investing $6.7 billion over four years to deliver 190 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. In addition, a record $1.3 billion is being spent on school maintenance over five years, along with a record $500 million for the sustainable Cooler Classrooms program to provide air conditioning to schools. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.