The Illawarra schools getting funds for upgrades

Minister for the Illawarra John Ajaka, principal Robyn Rankin and MP Lee Evans.Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Minister for the Illawarra John Ajaka, principal Robyn Rankin and MP Lee Evans.Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Bulli's Waniora Public School and Warrawong High School were among the 26 Illawarra public schools announced to receive capital works funding in this year's state budget.

Projects range from a playground upgrade at Waniora Public School to an outdoor cafe for hospitality students at Warrawong High School.

Minister for the Illawarra John Ajaka said the state government was doing its best to "catch up" for lack of funding in the past.

"We're trying to get the money out on a first-in-need basis," he said.

With regard to schools that missed out, Mr Ajaka said much work still needed to be done.

"We will be continually looking at additional funding in the future," he said.

Keira MP Ryan Park expressed his concern last week over ageing demountables in schools in the region. No funds were allocated for their replacement and Mr Ajaka flagged the issue for future funding consideration.

Mr Park also expressed concern for an upgrade of Figtree High School's library. The school will receive funding for several resurfacing projects and upgrades.

In light of the federal government's abandonment of the Gonski agreement, Mr Ajaka said education was an area of disappointment from a federal perspective.

"Our government will continue to work with the federal government ... We want them to continue with their commitments," he said.

Mr Ajaka said more than $570 million had been allocated to education in the Illawarra in the budget.

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