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Image courtesy of the Bungendore Weekly.
Image courtesy of the Bungendore Weekly

Image courtesy of the Bungendore Weekly

Friday, 14 December 2018

The NSW Government will build public high schools at Jerrabomberra and Bungendore, signalling the largest capital investment in school infrastructure across the Monaro.

Today’s historic announcement made by the Member for Monaro John Barilaro, means students no longer have to cross the border to attend high school.

“Parents are moving out of Bungendore when their kids approach high school age because of the lack of a local public high school,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Finally the NSW Government is stepping in to provide the amenities to allow Bungendore to grow and develop.

“Today’s announcement means generations of local kids will be able to receive an education from kindergarten to year 12 without leaving town.

“Over the past few months, I have been actively searching for a suitable site for the Bungendore high school, and I’m thrilled to announce we have three suitable sites, all accessible and well-located. These sites are all privately owned, so further confidential negotiations will continue from here and we will narrow it down and publicly announce the chosen site shortly.

“We are also looking at the option of creating an education precinct in Bungendore, which would mean not just a new high school but added investment to the primary school.

“Our students will always come first. At the end of the day the site that offers the best outcome for the students and the community will be the selected site.

“Over the past 6 months, I have surveyed the community and gathered the data to be able to put forward the case. The support from the community was overwhelmingly positive.

“The data showed that rather than move away, families will stay in Bungendore when the high school is built, and parents would be open to changing their child’s high school enrolment in order to send them to school in Bungendore.

“It is clear that families want their children to be educated close to home, in their local community.”

“I want to thank those who filled out the survey and got behind me and backed me in, resulting in this historic announcement today,” he said.

“I cannot wait to see work start on the new high school for our local kids.”