The priority of any school is to provide an education to students. But schools are also the custodians of valuable assets and equipment that can be shared and used by the local community, for the benefit of all.
Previous NSW and federal Labor governments have built over $4.9 billion of school infrastructure to give NSW students access to the very best learning environments.
This funding has delivered 1432 classrooms, 746 libraries, 924 halls and 159 science and/or language centres.
To ensure the wider community can also benefit from this significant investment, my colleague NSW Shadow Minister for Education and the Illawarra, Ryan Park MP has released a discussion paper titled ‘Local Schools: The Heart of Our Community’.
It highlights current practices of local schools hiring facilities to local community groups and explores how more schools can be encouraged to share their facilities and other assets when not in use on weeknights, weekends and school holidays.
Under proposals raised in the discussion paper, sharing school facilities will benefit the local community and ensure the funds raised are kept by those schools to reinvest in further education opportunities for its students.
I encourage you to have a read of this discussion paper and have your say on how such innovative partnerships can have the most benefit for all.