The construction and design community is being challenged to develop a new highquality
classroom model that can reduce the number of demountable classrooms used
in NSW government schools.
Education Minister Rob Stokes today announced a call for new designs to develop
classrooms that are fast to build, cost effective and meet future learning requirements.
“We’re looking for innovative designs that will deliver high quality classrooms that are
great spaces to learn while remaining flexible for a public education system that
guarantees a place at your local school,” Mr Stokes said.
“We need to be able to construct permanent buildings which are responsive to demand
and growth in student populations.”
An industry briefing will be held next week will encourage creative designs for
delivering new types of sustainable and permanent classrooms that meet school and
community expectations.
The building type must be flexible enough to be customised for individual schools,
including school halls and libraries. They could be delivered in multi-storey, multiclassroom
The NSW Government is investing $4.2 billion to deliver more than 120 new and
upgraded schools which will deliver 1,500 extra classrooms over the next four years.
This is the biggest investment in public education infrastructure in NSW history.
NSW public schools will require another 7,200 permanent classrooms over the next
15 years as enrolment numbers grow due to a baby boom, a growing NSW economy
and the high quality of education on offer.
Interested organisations are invited to attend the industry briefing on 30 November at
the NSW Department of Education on Bridge St, Sydney to learn more. They should
register with the Department on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    “Whilst there have been a number of significant improvements in merged regional councils, we accept that a one size fits all model does not always apply outside Sydney,” Ms Berejiklian said. “The financial benefits over the next 20 years will be 6 times greater in the Sydney councils than those in regional areas.”

    Mr Barilaro said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to listening, and delivering, for the communities across regional NSW.

    “Local councils in the bush have done their fair share to contribute to stronger local government in NSW, and today we draw a line under local government amalgamations in the regions,” Mr Barilaro said.

    “This decision has been made to ensure that we put an end to the confusion and uncertainty for those councils locked in drawn-out legal battles. I am looking forward to the local government elections in September to restore local decision-making to our regions.”

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    “The reform process was particularly designed to weed out the duplication, mismanagement and waste of Sydney’s councils, an issue far less prevalent in regional NSW,” Ms Upton said.

    “With more than 1.74 million people set to make Sydney home over the next 20 years, metropolitan councils need to keep up with housing and local infrastructure demands.

    “The five remaining metropolitan mergers are expected to generate $530 million in benefits over 20 years. Communities deserve to see these benefits.”

    The Premier said new councils created last year will continue to serve their communities.

    “New councils across NSW have been working hard to deliver better services for their communities,” Ms Berejiklian said. “Residents and ratepayers would be worse off if this was undone.”


    NSW has retained the number one position in the nation in CommSec’s State of the States report.

    Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian has welcomed the results of today’s report, which compares the states and territories by analysing key economic indicators.

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    “It is great news that not only is NSW the number one economy in the nation, it is well out in front when compared to the other states and territories,” Ms Berejiklian said.

    “The latest report found NSW ‘edging’ a little further ahead of Victoria.”

    “The NSW Government has worked hard to make our economy strong, grow jobs, increase business investment and grow confidence.”

    CommSec also noted that NSW has a “solid grip” on the top ranking of economic performance.

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