On Tuesday 18 June 2019, we were excited to see that JEPS was included in the State Budget papers presented by the Treasurer, the Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP, as one of a list of only 32 schools to be “upgraded”.
This is an important step in the project, to ensure the project has funding to move to the next stage of planning.
This follows the announcement by the then Education Minister, the Hon. Rob Stokes MP and Ms Petinos during the election that Jannali East Public School will receive a new assembly hall with the re-election of the Coalition Government (The Leader – Election announcement).
This is great news, and follows many years of hard-work and persistence by our P&C, and the significant support of our local member, Ms Petinos. At our P&C meeting on Tuesday, our Principal, Mrs Horner, confirmed she has had some meetings with the Education Department about the project.
Given there are over 2100 public schools in NSW, and the number of competing demands on the infrastructure budget, it is significant that we were included and the funding allocated over the next four years.
Following the release of the Budget, The Leader has published an article with more details following questions from the Opposition Education spokesman, Jihad Dib MP.
The Minister for Education, the Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC, has confirmed that the construction of a multi-purpose hall for JEPS is in “an early planning stage”, and the project is fully funded. The article can be found here – https://www.theleader.com.au/story/6227431/updated-promised-school-projects-in-early-planning-stage/.
Many thanks also to all those members of the Jannali East school community who signed the petition for a new school hall.
We look forward to keeping you updated with the news.