Scot MacDonald
11th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has said the NSW Liberal National Government is delivering high quality school infrastructure the local Maitland community needs now and into the future.

Upgrades to Bolwarra Public School and Rutherford Public School are currently in the design stage and are set to be completed in 2019. A third project to increase primary school capacity is also in early preparation and is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

Combined with the completed upgrade at Rutherford High School completed in 2016, these projects are delivering more than 40 new classrooms and facilities including libraries, science labs, toilets and outdoor play areas to meet future enrolment demand.

The new projects are being funded under the NSW Government’s $4.2 billion program over four years to build or upgrade 120 schools announced in the 2017-18 State Budget. This is the biggest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.

There is nothing “secret” about this information, which is all publicly available on NSW Government websites, linked here:

The Department of Education audit of the planned maintenance lists, released in February, showed that for the 21 government schools in the Maitland electorate the value of planned maintenance works had fallen from $13,887,567 at June 2016 to $5,034,428 as at December 2017.

The NSW Liberals & Nationals are spending a record $747 million over four years on planned maintenance in NSW schools. The former Labor Government spent just $214 million in its last four years and left a $1 billion maintenance backlog.

Among schools with large reductions in their planned maintenance lists in the Maitland electorate,  Rutherford Technology High School has had its list fall from $1,955,453 to $196,743, Francis Greenway High School has had its list reduced from $1,276,706 to $197,880, Maitland High School from $1,827,744 to $472,230 and Maitland Grossman High School from $1,768,071 to $577,770.