Local Member for Maitland, Jenny Aitchison has today welcomed the announcement by the NSW Government that they will provide Hunter schools with a funding injection of $50 million to tackle the critical maintenance backlogs.

Last week Ms Aitchison and Labor’s Shadow Minister for Education, Jihad Dib spoke to concerned parents at Rutherford Public School and Ms Aitchison also took the opportunity of taking the Shadow Minister to Gillieston Heights Public School to see first-hand the state of the school.

Data from earlier this year shows that in the electorate of Maitland there are 21 schools with outstanding maintenance requests totaling almost $14million.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC has advised that the NSW Government will provide $50million to Hunter schools and that a list of schools will be announced next month.

Ms Aitchison is calling on the local community to share their views and concerns about their local school either by commenting or private message on Facebook or by email

The extent of the school maintenance backlog has uncovered an appalling failure by the Liberal-National Government to deliver high quality classrooms and education facilities in NSW.

Quotes attributable to Member for Maitland Jenny Aitchison

“I’m very pleased that the Minister has finally committed to addressing some of the critical maintenance issues at our overcrowded local schools”

“The Minister needs to ensure that schools in the Maitland electorate are included on the list and I’ll be fighting to ensure our local schools receive their fair share of funding”

“Our children deserve the best possible education, and that means providing the best possible learning environment."

“Under the Liberal-National Government schools in our community have been allowed to wither away into a state of dilapidation.”

“Children in Maitland schools have been forced to learn in second rate environments because the Liberal-National Government has failed to address the growing maintenance backlog."

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