NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley left Sydney today in the Schools and Hospitals Before Stadiums bus - on a week-long visit to key electorates around the State.

His trip will take him to Tweed on the far North Coast, Myall Lakes, several towns in the Hunter Valley, then west to Barwon, Dubbo, Bega, Queanbeyan and back through key western Sydney seats.

His focus: assessing the need for local schools and hospital services – instead of the Coalition government’s plan to spend billions of dollars on Sydney stadiums.

He started at Chatswood in the Premier’s electorate at a school relying on demountable classrooms, starved of funds while her government spends $2.7 billion demolishing and rebuilding stadiums.

He was cheered by demonstrators during a rally at Padstow TAFE, protesting against the threat to the jobs of 600 TAFE teachers throughout NSW this year – part of the government’s continuing savage financial assault on the tertiary education institution.

Mr. Foley boarded a specially-marked campaign bus declaring that outside metropolitan Sydney there is real anger and a clear sense of being ignored because of the obscene amount of money the Liberals and Nationals want to spend on Sydney sport stadiums.

Families struggling to pay the bills are seething over this – as their children go to barely maintained schools and demountables, and with hospitals starved of funding.

The stadium spend will intensify the short-changing of regional areas.  Labor has forced the Government to admit it was spending only 14 percent of the funds promised under Restart NSW, less than half the promised 30 percent, a $500 million dollar rip-off.

Quotes attributable to Luke Foley MP NSW Opposition Leader

“People in regional and rural New South Wales are being neglected quite offensively by the Berejiklian-Barilaro government – which is obviously counting on their good manners not to object. I have news for the Premier and Deputy Premier: they’re objecting - and I’m on their side.’

‘Labor will provide better schools, reverse the scandalous destruction of TAFE and ensure better hospitals in regional communities.’

‘Like everyone who lives in regional and rural New South Wales Labor can see the social and economic damage caused by the Coalition government – and has a comprehensive plan and policies to put things right again.”