Labor to invest in schools of the future for Maitland - without the need to privatise the electricity network

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A Foley Labor Government will invest in a new primary school in the Rutherford area and commence planning for a new high school in Maitland – without the need to privatise the electricity network. 

Labor has earmarked $65 million for the new two schools – $25 million for a new primary school and $40 million for a future Maitland high school – as part of Labor’s $3 billion Better Schools and Hospitals Fund.

By 2030, NSW will have to find places for 347,000 more school children. As the Lower Hunter Regional Strategy makes it clear, this pressure will be felt strongly in the Hunter.

The two schools are anticipated to meet the growing population in the Maitland region – with an immediate need to provide extra capacity for primary school students and a longer-term need to expand secondary school capacity.

As part of Labor’s Building the Schools of the Future policy any new school built must include either childcare or before and after-school care facilities to make life easier for busy working parents.

Labor’s new schools for Maitland are fully-funded and will be delivered without privatising the electricity network.

Labor Leader Luke Foley was joined by Labor Candidate for Maitland Jenny Aitchison in Aberglasslyn to make the announcement.

Quotes attributable to Labor Leader Luke Foley:

“This is Labor’s new approach to public schools – providing modern 21st century educational infrastructure to support growing communities.

“The Lower Hunter is a booming region and Rutherford Primary School is at the edge of its capacity with about 700 students enrolled in the school – a new primary school is a necessity and Labor will deliver it without the need to privatise the electricity network.

“Mike Baird stands in front of schools, hospitals and roads and says he won’t upgrade them unless the community backs his risky plan to privatise our electricity network.

“I don’t need to resort to Mike Baird’s blackmail to build the schools, hospitals and roads our state needs – my plan for Maitland is fully-funded.

“Jenny Aitchison is a fierce champion for Maitland and she is fighting to make sure that the region gets the infrastructure it needs to support its growing communities.

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Maitland Jenny Aitchison:

“The Lower Hunter Regional Strategy makes it very clear that we are going to need more schools to provide a quality education for our children in coming years.

“I’m very pleased to be able to join Labor Leader Luke Foley here in Aberglasslyn to make this important announcement that a Labor Government will reserve the funding needed to provide the schools for our future.

“The Liberals want to privatise our electricity network but they have no plan to invest in new schools in Maitland.

“Labor has a fully-funded infrastructure plan that will keep our electricity network in public hands and invest in a primary school and high school for our growing communities.”