Scot MacDonald
5th Feb 2018

Public schools in the Hunter have had their planned maintenance lists reduced by $23.7 million as new figures to be released this week show the benefit of a blitz on roofing, flooring, painting and other maintenance projects.

The ten Hunter schools with the largest reductions are;

  • Rutherford Technology High School – Maitland        $1,758,701
  • Irrawang High School – Port Stephens                      $1,515,093
  • Maitland High School – Maitland                                $1,355,514
  • Cessnock High School – Cessnock                           $1,230,512
  • Maitland Grossmann High School – Maitland            $1,190,301
  • Kurri Kurri High School – Cessnock                           $1,110,457
  • Francis Greenway High School – Maitland                $1,078,826
  • Hunter River High School – Port Stephens                $956,758
  • Cardiff High School – Charlestown                            $947,174
  • Lake Munmorah High School – Swansea                  $900,616

The NSW Liberal National Government has reduced the State’s planned school maintenance list by more than $200 million – or by about a quarter – in the past 18 months.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC welcomed the improvement in local school facilities due to the record investment.

“I am pleased to see the NSW Government delivering these important works for Hunter schools,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Providing high-quality school facilities is vital to give our children the education they need and deserve. These works ensure we’re providing those facilities after we inherited a $1 billion liability from the previous Labor Government.”

The reduction in the liability follows the NSW Government’s record $747 school maintenance investment over the next four years in last year’s NSW Budget.

Education Minister Rob Stokes welcomed the results of the latest Education Department audit and noted that more progress will be made in the coming months with another $100 million allocated towards further maintenance in the 2017-18 financial year.

The NSW Department of Education will this week release its latest audit showing its planned maintenance liability has been reduced from a projected $775 million at June 2016 to $570 million by the end of 2017 – a reduction of more than $200 million. The latest audit is the first time since 2012 a full review of the condition of all schools has been completed.