Funding for major school projects at Penshurst, Kyeemagh, Hurstville and Penshurst West

Penshurst Public School was built about 1925. Picture: John Veage

Penshurst Public School was built about 1925. Picture: John Veage

Update:

Penshurst Public School will be replaced by “a brand new school, which will provide state-of-the-art facilities for students and staff,” Oatley MP Mark Coure confirmed.

Earlier

Penshurst Public School will be redeveloped and Kyeemagh Infants School expanded into a primary school as part of a state budget education “cash splash”.

Hurstville Public School and Penshurst West Public School will be upgraded.

P&C win: Parents of Kyeemagh Infants School campaign for their school to grow. Picture: John Veage

P&C win: Parents of Kyeemagh Infants School campaign for their school to grow. Picture: John Veage

More than 120 primary and high schools will be built or upgraded across NSW with $2.2 billion in new infrastructure funding to address chronic overcrowding fuelled by an explosion in student numbers.

Projects reportedly in the package, which will be announced on Monday, include:

  • Penshurst Public School: Redevelopment to provide new permanent teaching spaces.
  • Kyeemagh Infants School: Redevelopment of Infants School into a primary school to provide additional new permanent teaching spaces and upgrade core facilities to address enrolment growth.
  • Penshurst West Public School: upgrade to existing school.
  • Hurstville Public School: Install a 4-classroom modular building and minor core facilities upgrade to address enrolment growth.

The scope of works at Penshurst Public School has not yet been spelt out.

However, the Education Department submitted development plans earlier this year to demolish the heritage-listed school and build a new school on the same site to accommodate twice as many pupils.

A proposal for the project to be determined as a State Significant Development was submitted in March to the Department of Planning and Environment.

The budget is a big win for the Kyeemagh Infants School P&C, which has been campaigning for years for the school to become a full primary school.

A petition was launched last year, and Rockdale MP Steve Kamper supported the cause.

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