RECORD MAINTENANCE BLITZ HAVING IMPACT ON LISMORE ELECTORATE SCHOOLS
Latest figures show that the NSW Government has slashed the State’s planned school maintenance list by more than $200 million – or by about a quarter – in the past 18 months following a record blitz addressing roofing, flooring, painting and other maintenance projects.
Member for Lismore Thomas George welcomed the results of the latest Education Department audit and noted that more progress will be made in the coming months with schools with the highest need getting top priority. Even more funding for further maintenance projects will be rolled in the new financial year.
“The NSW Government is only at the beginning of a four year program of investing $747 million to reduce the planned maintenance liablity in our schools,” Mr George said.
“This record investment will have a huge impact on schools in the Lismore electorate.”
In the 2017-18 financial year $3.5 million will be spent on planned maintenance in Lismore electorate schools.
The NSW Department of Education has released its latest audit showing its planned maintenance liability for NSW government schools has reduced from a projected $775 million at June 2016 down to $570 million as at December 2017.
The reduction in the liability follows the NSW Government’s school maintenance investment over the next four years in last year’s NSW Budget.
Labor committed only $214 million in its final four years of Government, less than a third of what this Government has committed.
Mr George said the Labor’s candidate for Lismore Janelle Saffin was not qualified to talk about school maintenance as in her previous role as Federal Labor MP for Page she was a part a Federal Government that wasted billions on the Building the Education Revolution (BER) program.
“Rather than issue misleading media releases about the work of the NSW Liberals & Nationals about school maintenance, Ms Saffin should issue an apology for Labor’s years of financial mismanagement,” Mr George said.
The audit reveals that in the electorate of Lismore schools that have had their maintenance liability reduced significantly over the past 18 months, including Murwillumbah High School reduced by $169,994, The Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Public School reduced by $31,938 and Crystal Creek Public school reduced by $17,061
Education Minister Rob Stokes said all government schools across NSW will benefit from this record investment by end of 2018.
“We are investing record amounts on new and upgraded schools while also making sure students enjoy the best learning environment across our existing schools,” Mr Stokes said.
The school maintenance liability does not include any maintenance that poses a safety risk to students or staff as these items are addressed immediately. Similarly, any broken items in classrooms that impact on teaching and learning are addressed as priority by the school or the department.