CONFUSION REIGNS ON SCHOOLS IN NSW BUDGET

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Lynda Voltz MP, Member for Auburn, has slammed the NSW Liberal Government as all talk and no action after the 2022/23 NSW Budget revealed multiple vital school projects remain with no set budget and no timeline for construction.

Notwithstanding a concerted campaign by local parents and the community, the new high school at Wentworth Point still has no confirmed opening date. The project received an additional allocation of $70.1mil for the 2022/23 financial year, despite Education Minister Sarah Mitchell MLC stating in an answer to Questions on Notice in March that “funding for expanded facilities was announced as part of the 2021/22 NSW Budget.

The Wentworth Point Public School Upgrade, announced in the 2021/22 NSW Budget to the surprise of parents & the school’s administration, remains without any start date, finish date or estimated budget, with $4.6mil of planning money allocated. Similarly, the announced upgrade to Birrong Boys and Birrong Girls High Schools remains in the air with $7mil allocated for planning works, but again no start date, finish date or estimated budget. The promised new public school in the Carter Street Precinct isn’t even mentioned in the budget, let alone have any planning money attached to it, despite previous confirmation from the Government that the land for this school will be handed over in the coming financial year.

Ms Voltz said it was clear the NSW Liberal Government are all at sea on their school infrastructure.

“All talk, no action; that’s all you get from this Liberal Government,” Ms Voltz said.

“They misled the community on the new high school at Wentworth Point, saying a one stage build was in last year’s budget, but now we see significantly more money has been allocated in this year’s budget for Stage Two.

“They’ve even listed June 2022 as the start date for the high school project, despite not having an approved development application, having had to re-submit it just recently.

“In the case of Wentworth Point Public and Birrong Girls & Boys High Schools, we’ve just got endless planning money but seemingly no plan.

“It’s clear from this budget that the NSW Liberal Government simply can’t manage the school infrastructure this state needs.”

LYNDA VOLTZ MP

MEMBER FOR AUBURN

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