LOCAL RESIDENTS CONCERNED WITH DAPTO PUBLIC SCHOOL UPGRADE
Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, has today responded to residents’ concerns regarding the upgrade to Dapto Public School that is currently underway.
Local residents’ concerns with the project include, overcrowding of the school site, temporary construction noise, the permanent impact on local community atmosphere and roads, and insufficient community consultation.
The planned upgrade for Dapto Public School was announced in late 2017. Plans for the project are yet to be released and no specific funds were allocated to the project in the 2019-20 NSW Budget.
In March 2019, NSW Labor promised that if elected they would spend $60 million on the planning and construction of a new school in West Dapto. The NSW Liberals did not match this commitment.
As a result of new and upcoming housing developments in the area, when completed West Dapto is expected to be home to over 50,000 people in 19,000 new dwellings. The West Dapto Masterplan predicted an eventual need for eight new primary schools and three new high schools in the area.
The Development Application for this project will be lodged with Wollongong City Council in the near future. Once lodged, residents are encouraged to make a written submission detailing any concerns with the project through Wollongong City Council’s website.
Quotes attributable to Anna Watson MP, Member for Shellharbour:
“Whilst I welcome any funding for public education in the Shellharbour electorate, West Dapto desperately needs a new school to cater for the long-term future needs of the local community.
“I’ve been fighting for a new school for the area since my election back in 2011. That fight isn’t over.
“These residents have valid concerns with the project and they deserve to have their concerns listened and responded to.”