The next generation of Pooncarie children will now be able to live and learn locally thanks to a significant investment by the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government.

Education Minister Rob Stokeshas annou nced he will reopen Pooncarie Public School and invest greater resources so the school can operate as a strategic district hub for the School of the Air.

Member for Murray, Mr Austin Evans confirmed that Pooncarie Public School will reopen at the start of the 2019 school year, with at least seven local families committing to enrol.

“Only the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government can ensure a strong state where towns here in Murray remain communities with the resources to grow,” Mr Evans said.

Mr Evans said that the investment in regional schools is just one aspect of a raft of regional infrastructure projects that are currently in the planning, construction or completion phase.

The dollar value of these projects across the State passing the $16 billion mark this financial year alone

“Schools are the cornerstone of our local communities. By protecting them we are guaranteeing the future of our regional towns,” Mr Evans said

Pooncarie Public School was placed into recess in 2012 when there was just one student left

Mr Stokes said that he is delighted this local community is now thriving and has seen student numbers increase to a point where the school can return.

“As Education Minister, it is my responsibility to ensure that communities have access to high quality local education,” Mr Stokes said.

Mr Stokes also wanted to acknowledge the Member for Murray Mr Austin Evans, who has been petitioning for the school to reopen since he joined parliament last year.

 “He has been tireless in his hard work ensuring Pooncarie Public School continues its proud 130 year tradition of inspiring young minds,” Mr Stokes said.

The reopening of the Pooncarie Public School coincides with a history making $6 billion being invested over four years to deliver more than 170 new and upgraded schools across NSW.