MEDIA RELEASE - COMMUNITY MEETING CALLING ON URGENT GILLIESTON PUBLIC SCHOOL UPGRADE



State Member for Maitland, Jenny Aitchison MP, will be holding a community meeting this Saturday to hear first-hand from concerned parents about significant infrastructure issues at Gillieston Public School.

The details of the meeting are:

  • Date: Saturday 20 November 2021

  • Time: 10.30am

  • Venue: Judd Greedy Park, Cessnock Road, Gillieston Heights

Last week Ms Aitchison delivered a Notice of Motion and Private Members Statement in the NSW Parliament and extended an invitation to the NSW Premier the Hon Dominic Perrottet MP and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning the Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC to attend.


Unfortunately both the NSW Premier and Minister are unable to attend, however Minister Mitchell was aware of the issues that have been raised by Ms Aitchison. The Minister’s office has promised to seek an urgent response from her Department addressing all the issues raised on Saturday.


Ms Aitchison says Gillieston Heights is one of the fastest-growing areas in Maitland yet its primary school is suffering serious neglect at the hands of the current Government.


“Gillieston Public School is under significant pressure due to the rapidly growing housing developments. The Liberals and Nationals must make upgrades a priority.”


"It’s simply not good enough that over 260 local Maitland children are learning in a school with only two permanent buildings,” Ms Aitchison said.


“I have been campaigning for many years for the NSW Government to take urgent action to upgrade the school. When I was first elected in 2015, there was still a dirt floor in the boys’ ablutions block, and the school is still not connected to town sewer. It’s simply unacceptable.”


“Students and teachers deserve to be learning and teaching in 21st century permanent, flexible and innovative learning spaces.”


“The fences are too low, the hall is too small and has no air conditioning, and parents of students with mobility issues still can’t access some of the buildings. Two permanent buildings, nine, and about to be 10 demountable buildings, dumped on an ever diminishing play space are just some of the examples of how this school is no longer fit for purpose.”


“There’s another development going across the other side of Ryan’s road, when the existing roads can barely cope with the student load now. We need an urgent rebuild on this site.”


“I continue to receive feedback and correspondence from concerned parents who are desperate for upgrades to the school. I am asking everyone to share their feedback with me by emailing maitland@parliament.nsw.gov.au.”


“It’s only through working together as a community that we will be able to get the Minister to provide funding for these urgent upgrades.”



DATE: Friday 19 November 2021