The NSW Opposition has announced that Labor will build a new high school in Bungendore, if elected in 2019.

Shadow Education Minister Jihad Dib made the commitment while visiting Bungendore today. He was joined by Country Labor’s Candidate for Monaro Bryce Wilson, Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly and local parents.

Bungendore and its surrounding areas have seen more than a 20 per cent growth in the primary school aged population from 2011-2016. There are almost 1,000 students in the local primary schools in Bungendore, Sutton, Tarago, Captains Flat and Gundaroo who will need to transition into high school within the next few years.

Currently, many of these school students have to travel long distances to attend high school and these schools will struggle to accommodate the additional students.

Adding to the pressure on the existing high schools are proposals for large housing developments in the region.

The Liberal-National Government is ignoring the desperate need for a new high school in Bungendore and is instead focused on splurging on Sydney stadiums.

Extraordinarily, Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro launched an online campaign to compel his own government to build the school, rather than just building it.

NSW Labor is committed to prioritising schools and hospitals over Sydney stadiums and will open a new high school in Bungendore in the first term of government.