The crumbling state of schools across the Illawarra continues to be problematic under the Baird Government with the school maintenance backlog in local schools sitting at more than $39 million.
Documents obtained by the Labor Opposition have revealed the school maintenance backlog has ballooned to more than $775 million; up from $732 million last financial year across NSW. Schools in the Illawarra continue to feature in the Top 20* schools in the State in need of repairs.
There are seven of schools with an individual maintenance backlog in excess of $1 million in the Illawarra
23 schools have a backlog in excess of $500,000;
For the Keira electorate, the ten most dilapidated schools have a combined backlog bill of more than $14.5 million while the top ten in Wollongong is more than $10 million.
A wide range of works are needed in local schools including toilet and sewer upgrades, carpet replacement, painting, fixing damaged rooves, installing guttering, replacing windows and other general repairs.
The school maintenance backlog follows a series of appalling revelations about the state of NSW public schools with the Opposition uncovering a school overcrowding crisis during budget estimate hearings.
The hearings uncovered that more than a third of NSW public schools are at or above capacity including schools here in the Illawarra.
The maintenance backlog has shown once again that the Baird Government has no plan to bring our overcrowded schools up to standard.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Illawarra Ryan Park:
Schools in our region continue to be neglected by this Liberal Government.
We have a Premier and Treasurer who pats themselves on the back for have a huge surplus while they allow our schools to crumble.
As a former teacher I know how vital it is for students to have access to be best possible learning facilities and this simply isn’t possible thanks to this Government.