Gregory Hills to get new primary school

On its way: Gledswood Hills Public School is on the state govenrment's list of existing projects to be completed under the new budget. Camden MP Chris Patterson praised the design of the future school. Picture: Artist's impression
On its way: Gledswood Hills Public School is on the state govenrment's list of existing projects to be completed under the new budget. Camden MP Chris Patterson praised the design of the future school. Picture: Artist's impression

The state government has today announced a new primary school will be built in Gregory Hills in the future.

Planning for the new school will be funded as a part of a $6 billion investment into state schools in the upcoming state budget.

The government did not provide more information or a timeline for start and completion of the new school.

Several schools across the Macarthur region are also set to benefit from the government funding.

Harrington Park Public School and Oran Park Public Schools will be upgraded to provide more classrooms and core facilities to address enrolment growth.

Camden MP Chris Patterson said the announcement was great news for Camden.

“It’s another fantastic announcement – I don’t think we have had a budget without new schools in it,” he said.

“The new school is in the northern part of the area which is where most of the population growth is happening.”

Mr Patterson also welcomed the state government’s announcement that 1000 schools in the state would receive air-conditioning as part of the funding injection.

New schools are also expected to be completed in Catherine Fields, Gledswood Hills, Leppington, Narellan (Yandelora School) and Oran Park (new high school) in the new year.

The funding boost aims to cater for the state's increasing student population, set to hit around 164,000 by 2031, with 170 new or upgraded schools expected and plans in next week's budget for 20 to start this year, Fairfax Media reports.

"We are in the midst of a school building program NSW has never before experienced and this year's budget takes this to a whole new level," Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Thursday.

"I am proud that our government is making this unprecedented investment into schools and our students."

As part of the program, up to 1000 schools will receive air conditioning at a cost of $500 million.

Ms Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Education Minister Rob Stokes announced the Cooler Classrooms policy, which will ease conditions and "provide improved learning environments" in thousands of classrooms and libraries across the state.

"This funding will ensure thousands of classrooms that previously did not have air conditioning will now receive it," Ms Berejiklian said in a statement.

The air-conditioning program will target schools with the greatest need in metropolitan, regional and remote areas and to ensure the initiative is sustainable, power required will be offset by power generated by solar panels and, where possible, supported with battery storage.

The Advertiser has contacted the Department of Education for comment.