Pottsville To Get High School

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NSW Labor today committed to build a new public high school at Pottsville.

The announcement was made by NSW Labor Opposition leader Luke Foley and Country Labor candidate for the Tweed, Craig Elliot on the State’s North Coast.

Labor’s action is in stark contrast with the Berejiklian Government’s failure to support the construction of a local high school in Pottsville.  The community has been calling for a high school for more than a decade due to population growth in the area.

Pottsville Beach Public School is bursting at the seams and it is expected to have up to 1,000 students.

Currently, there are more than 750 secondary students who have to travel for at least 30 minutes each way by bus north to Kingscliff High School and another 100 schoolchildren are forced to travel to other district government high schools such as Murwillumbah High School. 

A parcel of land has been set aside for a school with the support of the local Tweed Shire Council, but the State Government has refused to purchase the land.

Construction would begin in the first term of a Foley Labor Government. NSW Labor has allocated $40 million for the high school. – The Berejiklian Government has the wrong priorities – preferring to splurge on Sydney stadiums rather than fund schools and hospitals in rural and regional NSW.

Tweed National MP Geoff Provest promised to build a Pottsville high school in 2007, but after 11 years, he has failed to deliver  and now he just ignores the community, claiming that there is no need for a  new high school in what is a rapidly growing area of the State’s North Coast

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley MP

“Make no mistake, NSW Labor and Craig Elliot will build a high school at Pottsville.”

“The case is clear. Pottsville needs a high school and only a NSW Labor Government will build it.” 

“The Nationals have the wrong priorities. They want to splurge billions on stadiums in Sydney rather than investing in schools and hospitals.”

Quotes attributable to Country Labor candidate for the Tweed – Craig Elliot

“I’m out listening and talking to locals every day and the calls for a public high school for Pottsville are growing louder and louder.

“Pottsville has a huge number of young families and locals are sick of having their needs ignored by the National Party.

“It is unfair for their children to spend countless hours a week on the bus going to other high schools when there is a clear need for a high school at Pottsville.”