GEORGE URGES SCHOOLS TO COME FORWARD AS BER INQUIRY OPENS

GEORGE URGES SCHOOLS TO COME FORWARD AS BER INQUIRY OPENS

14 April 2010

Lismore electorate schools and residents are encouraged to submit their thoughts on the Building the Education Revolution (BER) Program as the Parliamentary Inquiry opens for submissions, Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George said today.

Mr George said the Parliamentary Inquiry comes after a number of complaints regarding the BER Program from schools and other members of the public.

“There have been complaints within the Lismore electorate and right across NSW from the very beginning of the BER Program.

“Concerns regarding the fees and charges imposed by the State Government, the cost of the projects, the use of local tradesmen and builders, and the variance in quotes have all been issues raised from the public regarding BER projects.

“As well as these issues, the quality of the projects and how they reflect a school’s needs were raised and will be investigated.

“The NSW Liberals/Nationals have responded to the public and have initiated the Parliamentary Inquiry with hopes of uncovering the mismanagement behind the BER Program so taxpayers money can stop being wasted.”

Mr George said that while submissions from schools could offer valuable insight, any individual or group with a comment to make is encouraged to come forward.

“Schools are not the only groups who feel they have been ripped off and haven’t got value for money.

“Across the State, communities have complained that locals are not being used to construct BER Projects as stated by the NSW Government while tradesmen have raised concerns regarding overpricing of projects as well as the quality of work put into these buildings.”

Mr George said submissions close on Monday 7 June 2010 and could be made via the website www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/gpsc2, by emailing gpscno2@parliament.nsw.gov.au or by writing to The Director, General Purpose Standing Committee No. 2, Legislative Council, Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577