Top Marks for GWS Schools Investment

Belinda Wallis •
September 11, 2023

Today’s announcement of a $3.5 billion budget investment in Western Sydney schools has been applauded by the region’s leading think-tank, the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue. 

The announcement comes on the back of Labor’s $3 billion budget boost for the region’s hospitals. 

Dialogue CEO, Adam Leto, said the funding showed the Minns government was committed to health and education infrastructure for Sydney’s booming west. 

“This focus on Sydney’s west is a vital investment in our future,” Mr Leto said. 

“News that billions of dollars will be included in the up-coming budget to build and upgrade more than 60 schools in Western Sydney is great news for the growing communities and families in the area. 

“It’s only right that the NSW Government is investing in health and education services where they are needed most. We congratulate Premier Chris Minns, the Minister for Education and Western Sydney, Prue Car, and Minister for Health, Ryan Park, for their support of the region.” 

As part of next week’s state budget, Treasurer Daniel Mookhey, is expected to announce it will roll out the $3.5 billion package over the next four years, with work to include at least 15 new schools, including Sydney Olympic Park, Tallawong, Jordan Springs, Gregory Hills and Liverpool. 

The funding will also go towards upgrading new schools with extra classrooms with Austral, Cecil Hills, Condell Park, Dundas, Eagle Vale, Kingswood, Leppington, Northmead and The Ponds. 

The latest cash injection follows news that the government plans to build and fix five of the region’s hospitals and invest in the relocation of the Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital. The Dialogue has long campaigned for the new hospital to be relocated to the Bankstown CBD to meet the rapidly growing healthcare needs of the community. 

“The Minns Government had promised a stronger focus on our vital education and healthcare services, and its sticking to its word,” Mr Leto said.