Campbelltown MP disputes Liberal’s promise to end school maintenance backlog

Concerned: Campbelltown MP Greg Warren outside Claymore Public School. The school is facing a $1.5 million maintenance backlog.
Concerned: Campbelltown MP Greg Warren outside Claymore Public School. The school is facing a $1.5 million maintenance backlog.

The state government has promised every maintenance job currently outstanding at Macarthur public schools will be completed by July 2020 if the Liberal party is re-elected in March. 

However Campbelltown MP Greg Warren said Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her colleagues were more interested in polls and ballot boxes than the welfare and safety of students in Campbelltown.

He said excessive maintenance backlogs in Campbelltown had crippled local schools for years, yet the state government had refused to address the problem.

“For the past eight years staff and students in Campbelltown schools have been forced to sit idly by while their schools crumble to pieces,” he said.

“Yet the government has refused to step in and help – that is, until two months before an election.

Staff and students in Campbelltown schools have been forced to sit idly by while their schools crumble to pieces.

Greg Warren, Campbelltown MP

“Thousands of students have come and gone through schools in Campbelltown since 2011 and there is no doubt that the quality of their education has suffered because they’ve been forced to learn in sub-standard classrooms.”

Leumeah High School is facing a maintenance backlog of almost $1.5 million while Claymore Public School needs almost $800,000 worth of maintenance to bring the school’s facilities up to scratch.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Government inherited a $1 billion school maintenance backlog from the former Labor government. 

“We have worked hard to reduce the maintenance backlog and I am delighted to confirm we will now clear it completely,” she said. 

“When Labor was last in Government, they closed schools, sacked teachers and racked up a huge maintenance liability as our schools fell into disrepair.” 

Education Minister Rob Stokes said the state government will invest a further $449 million to clear the backlog by July 2020. 

“This investment shows our commitment to maintaining existing schools as well as building new ones,” Mr Stokes said. 

“We’re delivering more than 170 new and upgraded schools across the State and we will ensure that each school provides the world-class facilities that our students and teachers deserve.”