RYDE HAS THE SCHOOL WITH WORST MAINTENANCE BACKLOG IN SYDNEY

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The Berejiklian Government has ignored the needs of Ryde schools, leaving Marsden High School with the highest maintenance backlog in Sydney.

Despite calls for the Government to prioritise the massive state-wide school maintenance backlog over Sydney stadiums, schools in Ryde have been left behind.

While Premier Gladys Berejiklian remains steadfast in her scheme to splurge $2.7 billion to knock-down and rebuild two Sydney stadiums, Ryde schools are being neglected.

New figures released under Freedom of Information laws reveal that Ryde has a maintenance backlog of $6.8 million.

Marsden High School has a staggering backlog of $2 million – putting it in the worst five schools in the entire state, and leaving it the worst off school in Sydney.

Marsden High’s maintenance backlog is compounded by the fact that there was a suspected arson attack last August.

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.

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley today joined Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale, outside Marsden High School, to highlight NSW Labor’s commitment to prioritise schools and hospitals before Sydney stadiums.

Mr Foley is in Ryde listening to the community as part of his ‘Schools and Hospitals before Stadiums’ tour across NSW, one year out from the 2019 election.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“Fixing up schools in Ryde, like Marsden High, should be the Berejiklian Government’s priority – not knocking down and rebuilding two Sydney stadiums.

“The $2.7 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 Shadow Minister for Education Jihad Dib

“The Berejiklian Government has its priorities completely wrong. Tackling the maintenance backlog is more important than knocking down and rebuilding stadiums.

“It’s been seven months since fire damaged the school – and there are still overdue maintenance issues.”

“Ryde 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 $2.7 billion on Sydney stadiums.”