School playground gates thrown open for summer holiday fun

The playgrounds of dozens of NSW public schools will be available for everyone to use for the summer holidays under a NSW Government initiative to broaden community recreation and open space options.

Education Minister Rob Stokes launched the Come Play Summer Pilot Program at Mona Vale Public School today, opening the gates of 42 schools to allow valuable recreational and play space to be used this summer.

“Schools are an important part of every community and often occupy prime open space. Instead of locking the gate this summer, the trial program will share this public space to allow people to exercise and play at their local school over the summer holiday break,” Mr Stokes said.

“We are trialing the program during the holidays with selected schools opening up their playgrounds, ovals and sports courts for the enjoyment of their communities.

“Participating schools will receive a $15,000 grant to help upgrade their facilities for community and school use.

“Our schools have a range of quality recreational and play facilities and we are making them accessible to the broader community outside of the school term.”

Schools participating in the program will be open from 8am to 6pm from 23 December to the end of the school holidays in late January. To view the locations of these schools, please refer to this map or the list below.

Schools participating in the Come Play Summer Pilot Program:

Hunter Central CoastBelmont High School424 Pacific Highway, Belmont
Hunter Central CoastCessnock East Public SchoolOld Maitland Road, Cessnock
Hunter Central CoastHunter School of Performing ArtsLambton Road, Broadmeadow
Hunter Central CoastKincumber Public SchoolAvoca Drive, Kincumber
Hunter Central CoastLambton Public School18-30 Croudace Street, Lambton
Hunter Central CoastMaitland Public School70 Elgin Street, Maitland
Hunter Central CoastMuswellbrook High SchoolKing Street, Muswellbrook
Hunter Central CoastRedhead Public SchoolHutchinson Street, Redhead
Hunter Central CoastWangi Wangi Public SchoolDobell Drive, Wangi Wangi
North CoastBowraville Central School23 High Street, Bowraville
North CoastHastings Secondary College Port Macquarie CampusOwen & Burrawan Streets, Port Macquarie
North CoastToormina Public SchoolCavanba Road, Toormina
North Coast William Bayldon Public SchoolLyons Road, Sawtell
North Western NSWGS Kidd Memorial High School37 Lincoln Street, Gunnedah
Northern SydneyAsquith Boys High SchoolJersey Street, Asquith
Northern SydneyBeauty Point Public School17 Medusa Street, Mosman
Northern SydneyMarsden High School22a Winbourne Street, West Ryde
Northern SydneyMona Vale Public SchoolWaratah Street, Mona Vale
South Western SydneyAppin Public School97 Appin Road, Appin
South Western SydneyBelmore South Public SchoolNelson Avenue & Canterbury Road, Belmore
South Western SydneyCampbelltown East Public SchoolWaminda Avenue, Campbelltown
South Western SydneyCampbelltown Performing Arts High SchoolBeverley Road, Campbelltown
South Western SydneyGranville Boys High School14 Mary Street, Granville
South Western SydneyJames Busby High SchoolBrolga Crescent, Green Valley
South Western SydneyLiverpool Public SchoolRailway Street, Liverpool
South Western SydneyPrairiewood High SchoolPrairievale Road, Wetherill Park
South Western SydneyStrathfield South Public School457 Liverpool Road,  Strathfield
Southern NSWGlenroy Public SchoolLogan Road, North Albury
Southern NSWGriffith High SchoolCoolah Street, Griffith
Southern NSWKoonawarra Public SchoolByamee Street, Dapto
Southern NSWLavington Public School497 Hague Street,  Lavington
Southern NSWMurray High SchoolKaitlers Rd, Lavington
Southern NSWWollondilly Public SchoolNewton & Hoskins Streets, Goulburn
SydneyBangor Public School130 Menai Road, Bangor
SydneyGeorges River College Hurstville Boys CampusKenwyn Street, Hurstville
SydneyHaberfield Public SchoolDenman Avenue, Haberfield
SydneyIllawong Public SchoolFowler Road, Illawong
SydneyMarrickville High SchoolNorthcote Street, Marrickville
SydneyMortdale Public SchoolColebourne Avenue, Mortdale
SydneyPagewood Public SchoolPage Street, Botany
Western SydneyBlaxland High SchoolCoughlan Road, Blaxland
Western SydneyNepean Creative and Performing Arts High SchoolGreat Western Hwy, Emu Plains

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Image: The school gates are open for everyone in the community to to enjoy the open spaces
Image: Children of all ages can enjoy school playgrounds these summer holidays

The NSW Government is spending $4.2 billion over four years building 120 new or upgraded schools and $747 million on school maintenance. This is the biggest investment in public school infrastructure in the history of NSW.

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