Queanbeyan East to receive $9 million in upgrades

Queanbeyan East will receive substantial upgrades with $9 million in proposed works coming thanks to the state government. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Queanbeyan East will receive substantial upgrades with $9 million in proposed works coming thanks to the state government. Photo: Rohan Thomson

The NSW government has submitted a development application that will provide 11 new classrooms for Queanbeyan East Public School.

The planned upgrades will include works to the library, administration and staff spaces and toilets.

The project is expected to cost $9 million and is part of the $4.2 billion investment into education infrastructure announced in this year’s state budget.

The budget announcement was made by Deputy Premier John Barilaro at Queanbeyan East earlier this year.

The upgrades would see some demountables replaced with 11 new permanent classrooms. Photo: Rohan Thomson

The upgrades would see some demountables replaced with 11 new permanent classrooms. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Mr Barilaro and Education Minister Rob Stokes announced the lodgement of the development application to the council and said the project would be completed in 2019.

The planned upgrades will replace two temporary buildings serving as the library with a new permanent building and new interactive learning spaces.

It will see six demountables removed and replaced by the 11 new classrooms.

Once the upgrades are complete the school will have capacity for 115 more students bringing the school up to 320 total students.

Mr Barilaro, also the member for Monaro, said he was pleased to see government funding coming to the region.

“It’s vital our community has the school facilities we need to provide the best education possible for local students, and that’s what we’re seeing here at Queanbeyan East,” Mr Barilaro said.

“I’m pleased the NSW government is investing in local schools across Monaro and throughout regional NSW.”

President of the Queanbeyan East P&C Kenrick Winchester said the upgrades would bring a huge boost to the school.

“I’m pretty sure one of the demountables has been there since the sixties,” Mr Winchester said.

“Having these new facilities will help Fiona [Senior-Conroy, principal] and all the staff give our kids the best education possible.”

Mr Winchester added the school would look at upgrading the canteen facilities as part of this project.

A new school for specific purposes was also announced for Queanbeyan in the budget earlier this year but no updates have been given for the timeline of this build.