New roofs for 24 schools in Sutherland Shire thanks to COVID stimulus funding

Stimulus project: Work at Cronulla Public School is expected to be completed before the start of Term 4. Picture: Chris Lane
Stimulus project: Work at Cronulla Public School is expected to be completed before the start of Term 4. Picture: Chris Lane

Twenty-four schools in Sutherland Shire will emerge from the coronavirus pandemic with new roofs.

Cronulla Public School, one of the shire's oldest and most stately, is among those to benefit from an upgrade costing $694,000.

Most of the scaffolding has been removed and the work is expected to be completed before Term 4 commences.

Pandemic upside: Cronulla Public School is among 23 schools in the shire to get a new roof with stimulus funding. Picture: Chris Lane

Pandemic upside: Cronulla Public School is among 23 schools in the shire to get a new roof with stimulus funding. Picture: Chris Lane

A Department of Education spokeswoman said 36 schools in Sutherland Shire and St George have had, or will have, their roofs replaced as part of the stimulus program.

The other shire schools include Caringbah High School, Como Public School, Gymea Bay Public School, Gymea North Public School, Marton Public School, Menai High School, Miranda North Public School, Oyster Bay Public School, Port Hacking High School, Sylvania Heights Public School, Sutherland North Public School, Bates Drive School, Grays Point Public School, Kareela Public School, Kirrawee High School, Kirrawee Public School, Loftus Public School, Sutherland Public School, Tharawal Public School, Jannali High School, Cronulla South Public School, Gymea Technology High School and Heathcote High School.

The tile roof of the 96-year-old Cronulla Public School building has been replaced with pre-painted steel and principal Trent Bridgland is delighted with the result.

Cronulla Public School opened in its present location in 1925.

Cronulla Public School opened in its present location in 1925.

"It's such a great building, but it's just needed that bit of maintenance," he said.

"We will have less problems with a roof that is nearly 100 years old and the kids will have a better learning environment."

The school has 480 pupils, a huge increase from a decade ago when numbers were around 100 over many years.

"The school has worked really hard to build the reputation in the community and is now in demand and we are at our enrolment cap," Mr Bridgland said.

The school was established in 1910 on what is now the northern part of Monro Park, opposite the train station, catering for 90 pupils.

It moved in 1925 to the present location.

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