NSW Election 2015: Labor will build new inner city school by 2018

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Originally published: The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 February 2015.

By Alexandra Smith

A Labor state government would build a much-needed inner city high school by 2018, two years ahead of the Baird government's timeline, Opposition Leader Luke Foley said on Monday.

Mr Foley said that like its Coalition counterpart, a Labor government would rebuild a "state of the art" high school on the site of the Cleveland Street Intensive English High School in Surry Hills, with the new school taking enrolments in years 7 to 9 in 2018.

But Mr Foley said Labor's commitment was vastly different to the Coalition's because it would have "no strings attached".

He said Labor would allocate $60 million for the school from its $3 billion infrastructure fund earmarked for new hospital, schools and TAFE projects. 

"High schools serving the inner will city be at capacity in just three years ... we must act immediately," Mr Foley said.

"Under the Liberals, the school won't start taking students until 2020: two years after existing schools will reach capacity. What do they expect families to do for those two years?"

Originally published as: NSW Election 2015: Labor will build new inner city school by 2018