Funding school backlog

Narromine’s public schools have featured in Tuesday’s State budget announcement.

Happy Troy Grant.

Happy Troy Grant.

Schools from Narromine, Wellington, Dubbo and Mudgee will share $3.5 million to help fix the maintenance backlog. 

According to a document released by the Department of Education in May last year the Narromine Public, Narromine High and Trangie Central Schools need $1,239,263 collectively to get the maintenance up to date.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is ecstatic about the funding.

“I can’t thank Education Minister Rob Stokes enough for listening and hearing the calls from our teachers and students to fix up our schools,” he said.

“I’ve been to all my schools and seen firsthand the need to maintenance improvements. I’m happy to say I’m stoked with Stokes.”

Mr Grant said the money will go towards fixing classrooms that get too hot or too cold, replacing guttering that is falling off and fixing the maintenance issues that impact on the learning environment for local children. 

The Member for Dubbo also announced funding for a Service NSW centre in Narromine. He said Narromine and Wellington would both get the one-stop shop. 

“When the government initially announced it, it was met with suspicion but the communities that have them are coming to love them,” he said.

Trangie will share in the $65 million in research and development in partnership with the Grains Research and Development Corporation to extend research into winter crop development, infrastructure capacity development and skills development. 

The full NSW budget focused on families, farmers and small businesses. 

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced tax reforms would ease the cost of living, doing business and purchasing a home. 

“This budget invests our state’s success into our people and communities, easing the tax burden in some cases and abolishing some taxes all together,” he said.

The Treasurer cited housing affordability reforms, including stamp duty exemptions and abolishing the duty charged on lenders’ mortgage insurance. He also highlighted reforms to farming taxes.

“As a government always looking at reforms to better support our farmers, I’m proud to announce duties on crop and livestock insurance will be abolished from the start of next year,” Mr Perrottet said.