In a NSW public school first, a helicopter has been used in place of a crane to lift and place roof sheeting onto buildings at Terrigal High School.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the $600,000 project has been underway throughout the school holidays, part of the NSW Government’s Roof Replacement Program.
“Using a helicopter is a ground-breaking but necessary solution for this work because cranes could not reach the work site,” Mr Crouch said.
“Witnessing a roof being replaced with a helicopter would have been a spectacular site for nearby residents, and this new roofing will provide better facilities for students as well as an improved work environment for teachers and staff.
“Terrigal High School is just one of 44 public schools on the Central Coast to benefit from the Roof Replacement Program. I am really pleased that the Local Trade Scheme, a new online platform allowing local tradies to bid for this work, was used in the tendering of each project.
“Construction work at our local schools continues to provide much-needed work for local workers and building companies, stimulating the Central Coast economy at this critical time.”
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said the $60 million Roof Replacement Program will benefit up to 700 schools across NSW when completed.
“I’m proud that the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is continuing to invest in regional and rural school infrastructure in this way. Record amounts of funding are rolling out to help support hundreds of local jobs, and it’s wonderful that schools are benefiting from this important investment in education,” Mrs Mitchell said.
The NSW Government is investing $7.9 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 215 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.