Kangawalla fire: Wyaliba's public school, damaged in the Kangawalla bushfire, will be rebuilt

The Wytaliba school was badly damaged in Friday's deadly blaze, with one building totally wrecked.
The Wytaliba school was badly damaged in Friday's deadly blaze, with one building totally wrecked.

The Wytaliba Public School, damaged in Friday's deadly fire, will be rebuilt.

MP Adam Marshall said he had spoken personally to Education Minister Sarah Mitchell, who had confirmed the school would be rebuilt.

The school is closed and its 15 students will be offered transport to either Red Range of Glen Innes Public Schools until it can be re-opened.

Ben Lomond, Emmaville and Deepwater Public Schools were closed yesterday, but are expected to reopen later this week with the anticipated end of the unprecedented fire emergency wracking the state.

The school was one of about 60 properties wrecked or badly damaged by the ferocious Kangawalla fire, which killed two residents of the small community and injured more.

Marshall, the Minister for Agriculture and Member for Northern Tablelands, personally visited the community on Saturday.

"Concerns were expressed to me by locals over the weekend that the Department might not re-open the school and continue to bus students into Glen Innes or Red Range Public Schools - I'm pleased to say that won't be happening," he said.

"Obviously, the school will be out of action for some time and we'll know more once a team from the Department get onsite this week to assess the extent of the damage and what will be required to rebuild the school.

"There is also an option of bringing in demountable classrooms as temporary measure to get the school open more quickly until permanent buildings works can be completed.

"I'll continue to keep a close eye on the situation, advise the community, and ensure normal schooling is restored at Wytaliba as quickly as possible."

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