Schools in the Goulburn electorate are among more than 300 NSW schools to open their grounds to the public over the spring holidays, part of the Share Our Space initiative.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said that opening safe and purpose built play areas for children that would otherwise be left unused was a fantastic initiative.

“Some of my best memories of school holidays were playing in the park with friends. Our public schools have great facilities and opening these spaces to the community during the holidays is a brilliant use of space.

“Parents know that finding safe, free and fun places for their kids to play during school holidays can sometimes be challenging. 

“The Share Our Space program helps solve the age old task of keeping the kids entertained in the holidays.

Over 300 schools in regional and metropolitan NSW will participate, opening up playgrounds, basketball courts, running tracks, ovals and gardens to their local communities.

“Share Our Space is a great opportunity for families, children and local residents to stay active and enjoy of some of the fantastic playgrounds and spaces that are available through our public schools,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Among the schools included for the spring holidays Share Our Space initiative are Windellama PS, Goulburn South PS, The Crescent School, Gunning PS, Laggan PS, Binda PS, Crookwell PS, Avoca PS, Bundanoon PS, Robertson PS, Burrawang PS, Kangaloon PS, Penrose PS, Binalong PS, Bowning PS, Wee Jasper PS and Berinba PS.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the initiative is part of the common sense approach the Liberals and Nationals Government brings.

“We have fantastic schools, with fantastic play areas and it makes sense to share these spaces with the surrounding community when possible.”

“The Share Our Space initiative will provide almost 1,200 hectares of purpose built play area,” Ms Mitchell said.

The Department of Education is carefully assessing schools to ensure those who participate are safe and secure. 

To find participating schools, visit the Share Our Space webpage. A list of Sydney schools is available now, with a list of participating regional and rural schools available by the 30th of September.