The upgrades to 60 ACT Schools are part of the fast track program.

28 May 2020

Students from the Ngunnawal Preschool were excited to explore a new Nature Play Area when they returned to school this week.

This project is one of the many infrastructure and maintenance projects currently being fast-tracked to support local businesses and keep Canberrans employed during COVID-19.

The upgrades at the Ngunnawal Preschool are part of accelerated improvements that have already begun at 60 public schools across the ACT. The works are being undertaken by local workers, using local suppliers.

The Nature Play Area at the Ngunnawal Preschool has been designed with the children in mind and painted in bright, attractive colours. A playhouse was lovingly painted in blue and white stripes by the school’s teaching staff.

“Play in the outdoor environment is a key aspect of early childhood development and we have hundreds of children each day enjoying our outdoor area,” said Rebecca Turner, Ngunnawal Primary School’s principal.

Rebecca said that the previous outdoor area had been well-loved and needed upgrading to continue offering high quality services and programs.

The upgraded area will benefit Ngunnawal’s combined child-care and preschool site including the Koori Preschool, a learning program offered to three and four-year-old children who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

The new Nature Play Area is sure to provide many children with an opportunity for fun, friendship and play while supporting Ngunnawal Preschool’s play-based curriculum.

“In addition to the outdoor improvements, we have painted our four preschool classrooms. In the coming weeks the works will continue on our preschool entrance,” Rebecca said.

The ACT Government is committed to ensuring that every public school has the infrastructure to support high-quality education. This economic stimulus investment is in addition to the ACT Government’s investment of $115 million to upgrade public schools across the Territory.

For more about the Fst track program, head to

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