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.
I welcome the results of the latest Education Department audit and note that more progress will be made in the coming months with schools with the highest need getting top priority.
The NSW Government is only at the beginning of a four year program of investing $747 million to reduce the planned maintenance liability in our schools.
This record investment will have a huge impact on schools in Heathcote.
In the 2017-18 financial year $1.465 million will be spent on planned maintenance in Heathcote schools.
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.
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.
The audit reveals that in the electorate of Heathcote many schools have had their maintenance liability reduced significantly over the past 18 months:
- Loftus Public School from $479,742 to $237,378.
- Helensburgh Public School from $263,851 to $80,331.
- Stanwell Park Public School from $172,974 to $33,792
- Otford Public School from $124,873 to $15,155.
- Woronora River Public School from $223,336 to $121,168.
- Menai Public School from $84,425 to $6351