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.
Schools participating in the Come Play Summer Pilot Program:
|Hunter Central Coast||Belmont High School||424 Pacific Highway, Belmont|
|Hunter Central Coast||Cessnock East Public School||Old Maitland Road, Cessnock|
|Hunter Central Coast||Hunter School of Performing Arts||Lambton Road, Broadmeadow|
|Hunter Central Coast||Lambton Public School||18-30 Croudace Street, Lambton|
|Hunter Central Coast||Maitland Public School||70 Elgin Street, Maitland|
|Hunter Central Coast||Muswellbrook High School||King Street, Muswellbrook|
|Hunter Central Coast||Redhead Public School||Hutchinson Street, Redhead|
|Hunter Central Coast||Wangi Wangi Public School||Dobell Drive, Wangi Wangi|
|North Coast||Bowraville Central School||23 High Street, Bowraville|
|North Coast||Hastings Secondary College Port Macquarie Campus||Owen & Burrawan Streets, Port Macquarie|
|North Coast||Toormina Public School||Cavanba Road, Toormina|
|North Coast||William Bayldon Public School||Lyons Road, Sawtell|
|North Western NSW||GS Kidd Memorial High School||37 Lincoln Street, Gunnedah|
|Northern Sydney||Asquith Boys High School||Jersey Street, Asquith|
|Northern Sydney||Beauty Point Public School||17 Medusa Street, Mosman|
|Northern Sydney||Marsden High School||22a Winbourne Street, West Ryde|
|Northern Sydney||Mona Vale Public School||Waratah Street, Mona Vale|
|South Western Sydney||Appin Public School||97 Appin Road, Appin|
|South Western Sydney||Belmore South Public School||Nelson Avenue & Canterbury Road, Belmore|
|South Western Sydney||Campbelltown East Public School||Waminda Avenue, Campbelltown|
|South Western Sydney||Campbelltown Performing Arts High School||Beverley Road, Campbelltown|
|South Western Sydney||Granville Boys High School||14 Mary Street, Granville|
|South Western Sydney||James Busby High School||Brolga Crescent, Green Valley|
|South Western Sydney||Liverpool Public School||Railway Street, Liverpool|
|South Western Sydney||Prairiewood High School||Prairievale Road, Wetherill Park|
|South Western Sydney||Strathfield South Public School||457 Liverpool Road, Strathfield|
|Southern NSW||Glenroy Public School||Logan Road, North Albury|
|Southern NSW||Griffith High School||Coolah Street, Griffith|
|Southern NSW||Koonawarra Public School||Byamee Street, Dapto|
|Southern NSW||Lavington Public School||497 Hague Street, Lavington|
|Southern NSW||Murray High School||Kaitlers Rd, Lavington|
|Southern NSW||Wollondilly Public School||Newton & Hoskins Streets, Goulburn|
|Sydney||Bangor Public School||130 Menai Road, Bangor|
|Sydney||Georges River College Hurstville Boys Campus||Kenwyn Street, Hurstville|
|Sydney||Haberfield Public School||Denman Avenue, Haberfield|
|Sydney||Illawong Public School||Fowler Road, Illawong|
|Sydney||Marrickville High School||Northcote Street, Marrickville|
|Sydney||Mortdale Public School||Colebourne Avenue, Mortdale|
|Sydney||Pagewood Public School||Page Street, Botany|
|Western Sydney||Blaxland High School||Coughlan Road, Blaxland|
|Western Sydney||Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School||Great Western Hwy, Emu Plains|
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.