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Lismore school backlog worst in state: Saffin

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Labor’s Lismore candidate Janelle Saffin and leader Luke Foley say North Coast schools are being dudded while the government splurges billions on new stadiums. Photo supplied

Labor’s candidate for the state seat of Lismore, Janelle Saffin, has come out fighting, claiming her opponent’s party has left schools in Lismore millions of dollars out of pocket.

Ms Saffin, who was the federal member for Page up until 2013, says the problem stems from inadequate resourcing following last year’s floods.

According to figures the opposition has obtained under freedom of information, that the school maintenance backlog in Lismore has increased from $11 million to $21 million – an increase of 93 per cent.

Of these five secondary schools in the electorate have a combined maintenance backlog of more than $5 million.

Of these four were directly affected by the floods.

They are The Rivers Secondary College (both Lismore and Kadina campuses), Wollumbin High and Murwillumbah High.

The Rivers Secondary College Kadina High Campus has the highest maintenance backlog in the electorate with a staggering $1.7 million.

Ms Saffin was joined by state Labor leader Luke Foley today outside the school to make the point.

She said Lismore 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 overlooked while this government splurges $2.7 billion on Sydney stadiums,’ Ms Saffin said.


The full list

School Maintenance Liability (December 2017)
The Rivers Secondary College Kadina High Campus
Wollumbin High School                                                       1,624,520
Woodenbong Central School                                                       1,210,484
Murwillumbah High School                                                       1,201,088
The Rivers Secondary College Lismore High Campus                                                       1,025,082
Kyogle High School                                                           922,758
Goonellabah Public School                                                           875,100
Lismore Public School                                                           845,458
Kyogle Public School                                                           810,652
Murwillumbah Public School                                                           808,865
Lismore Heights Public School                                                           641,974
Barkers Vale Public School                                                           499,559
Albert Park Public School                                                           477,924
Tabulam Public School                                                           437,464
Wyrallah Road Public School                                                           426,834
Bonalbo Central School                                                           410,803
Uki Public School                                                           401,113
Nimbin Central School                                                           393,345
Tyalgum Public School                                                           326,136
Stokers Siding Public School                                                           308,250
Tenterfield High School                                                           306,840
Lismore South Public School                                                           301,932
Blakebrook Public School                                                           249,155
Bexhill Public School                                                           245,176
Old Bonalbo Public School                                                           235,683
Urbenville Public School                                                           221,824
Caniaba Public School                                                           216,334
Corndale Public School                                                           211,486
Crystal Creek Public School                                                           206,855
Modanville Public School                                                           199,258
Tregeagle Public School                                                           197,332
Wyrallah Public School                                                           185,297
Rosebank Public School                                                           183,381
Eltham Public School                                                           180,898
The Channon Public School                                                           177,478
Jiggi Public School                                                           165,571
Larnook Public School                                                           148,653
Coffee Camp Public School                                                           143,627
Chillingham Public School                                                           141,863
The Risk Public School                                                           140,144
Clunes Public School                                                           134,949
Mummulgum Public School                                                           129,017
Rukenvale Public School                                                           127,380
Drake Public School                                                           112,961
Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre                                                           106,742
Dunoon Public School                                                           106,622
Whian Whian Public School                                                           101,256
The Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Public School                                                             96,561
Dungay Public School                                                             95,887
Collins Creek Public School                                                             90,723
Afterlee Public School                                                             90,315
Doubtful Creek Public School                                                             85,838
Jennings Public School                                                             69,894
Wiangaree Public School                                                             69,155
Goolmangar Public School                                                             62,915
Tuntable Creek Public School                                                             59,409
Wilson Park School                                                             22,285
Mingoola Public School                                                                5,062



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