Labor Leader Luke Foley has today announced the party’s candidate for the seat of Balmain, as Labor continues its campaign to put schools and hospitals before stadiums.

Local Health academic Elly Howse will run for the seat of Balmain at the March 2019 election.

Mr Foley says Ms Howse the right credentials to win the seat as the Berejiklian Government stubbornly presses ahead with its decision to splurge $2.3 billion on Sydney stadiums.

Mr Foley made the announcement outside Sydney Secondary College’s Balmain Campus, which has the 16th highest maintenance backlog in the entire state.

Figures released under Freedom of Information laws reveal that the school maintenance backlog in Balmain is $5.6 million, leaving Sydney Secondary College’s Balmain Campus with $1.3 million worth of works needed (full school list below).

The statewide backlog usually includes money for basic necessities like toilet and sewer repairs, carpet, painting, fixing damaged rooves, installing guttering, replacing windows and other general repairs.

Mr Foley said the decision to spend billions of dollars on two stadiums while students aren’t being taught in the best leaning environments is the height of irresponsibility.

Ms Howse works as a public academic and researcher at the University of Sydney with expertise in health policy and non-communicable diseases.  She has a Masters in Public Health Policy. Ms Howse grew up in Glebe and lives in nearby Camperdown.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“Fixing up schools should be the Berejiklian Government’s priority – not splurging on Sydney stadiums.

“The $2.3 billion stadium splurge is a scandalous waste of money. That money should go to schools and hospitals; they come first and will always do so under a Labor government.”

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Balmain Elly Howse

“Balmain teachers and students need well-maintained facilities to create the best learning environments.

“The community has a right to be angry that they are being over-looked while this government splurges $2.3 billion on stadiums.”