Wagga will be getting a new primary school - but the jury is still out on its location.
In speculating on the location of the new school, NSW Teachers Federation Riverina officer John Pratt said Estella or Lloyd would make the most sense.
“I’m a big believer that primary school students should be able to walk to their local school,” Mr Pratt said.
“I think we’ve got significant growth out north and several other areas which are continuing to expand.”
Mr Pratt said regardless of its location, new infrastructure to tackle overcrowding could only be positive.
“As the population grows, it’s only fitting and essential for schools to match the demand,” Mr Pratt said.
More than 120 primary and high schools will be built or upgraded across NSW with $2.2 billion in new infrastructure funding to address chronic overcrowding.
Wagga will be one of 27 areas to receive a new school.
The announcement comes after it was revealed in April that Wagga’s northern suburbs were regional NSW’s second fastest growing community, with eight school’s reaching or surpassing maximum student capacity.
While Wagga MP Daryl Maguire would not speculate on the school’s location, he said it was a great benefit for local families.
“This new school will help provide school facilities our community needs and deserves,” he said.
The state budget will commit $2.2 billion over five years in new money to create 32,000 more student places and 1500 new classrooms across the state.
Mr Pratt said a new school would also create greater opportunities and intake for teachers across the Riverina.
“Usually schools grow as they develop but an increase in teaching positions for students in our local universities and outside Wagga is a positive socially and economically,” Mr Pratt said.
Estella Progress Association president Graham Cotter, who has pushed for a new school for more than two years, said it was a relief to finally see some funding.
“Estella would be the most logical spot given the amount of younger families and the growing number of school aged children,” he said.