RENEWED CALLS FOR SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE IN WEST DAPTO
Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, has demanded the Berejiklian Government provide immediate details on the upgrade of Dapto Public School and to commit to a new school for West Dapto.
To date, the Berejiklian Government has failed to deliver 116 promised new schools and upgrades across NSW – including the promised upgrade of Dapto Public School.
“Despite announcing the upgrade of Dapto Public School in 2017, the Berejiklian Government has since failed to provide any further details about specific funds allocated, and project start and completion dates."
“For years, students at the school have been forced to struggle through stifling summers in 14 demountable classrooms currently on site,” Ms Watson said.
According to information provided on the School Infrastructure NSW website, this project is still in the design phase with a vague completion date of early 2021.
“A development application was submitted to Wollongong City Council and went on public exhibition for a two week period, from 31 July 2019. There has been no further updates on this project since” Ms Watson said.
"Whilst I welcome any funding for public education in the Shellharbour electorate, West Dapto desperately requires a new school to cater for the long-term future needs of the local community” said Ms Watson.
While the residents of West Dapto are forced to wait for a commitment on a new school for their area, the Berejiklian Government is wasting:
$1.5 billion on its indulgent Powerhouse relocation
$1.3 billion on its CBD Light Rail blowout
$828 million on its Sydney stadium (including a $100 million blowout).
This would be more than enough to build 145 new schools or upgrade considerably more.
“The Berejiklian Government promised the world before the last election, said we could have it all, instead we’re seeing massive development in the West Dapto area with no plans for a new school to service those families moving into the area.”
“It is time that the Berejiklian Government matched NSW Labor’s commitment made at the last state election to invest $60 million towards the planning and construction of a new school precinct in West Dapto,” Ms Watson said.