24 August 2018

Significant milestone for Googong as site secured for new public primary school

| Lachlan Roberts
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Gladys Berejiklian, John Barilaro and Rob Stokes and kids at Googong site on Thursday. Photos: Supplied.

The site for the first public primary school for the growing Googong township near Queanbeyan has been secured and will be located on the corner of Gorman Drive and Wilkins Way.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy Premier and Member of Monaro John Barilaro and Minister for Education Rob Stokes visited Googong on Thursday (23 August) to confirm the announcement and met with members of the local community as well as potential future students of Googong Primary.

The new primary school in Googong is being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s record $6 billion school building program over the next four years, which will deliver more than 170 new and upgraded schools to support communities throughout NSW.

Ms Berejiklian said the local community can look forward to a new primary school as part of the NSW Liberals and Nationals record investment in public school infrastructure.

“I share the excitement of all those I have spoken to today and I can assure you that this school will have modern facilities that will help students achieve their full potential,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Mr Barilaro said a new public primary school for Googong would give families more choice, with the private Anglican school in high demand.

“The people of Googong deserve this, and I am thrilled to be able to announce the site today so that locals are assured that we mean business,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We will now be engaging with local principals and community representatives to develop the plans for their new school.”

Googong Township Board chair James Service said the public school is a significant milestone for Googong.

“New communities, that are growing this fast, need infrastructure and we thank the government for its foresight in making this investment. We particularly acknowledge our local Member for Monaro, John Barilaro for taking a strong lead on this issue,” Mr Service said.

“Demand in Googong is unlikely to slow down any time soon. In less than five years, more than 3,500 residents have moved into Googong.

“We expect that population to double again by the time the school opens, with most of these residents being young families who are looking for a choice in education close to home,” he said.

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