Libs & Nats announce cash injection to fix Penrith region schools

Wednesday, 02 February 2011

Shadow Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli, Liberal Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres and Liberal Candidate for Mulgoa Tanya Davies today visited Jamisontown Public School to discuss the NSW Liberals & Nationals Local School, Local Decisions Action Plan, which will inject more than $60 million into school maintenance funding and restore local decision making to school communities in order to help fix school facilities in the Penrith region.

Under the Local School, Local Decisions Action Plan, the NSW Liberals & Nationals will:

  1. Create a new $40 million NSW Public School Upgrade Fund to fund maintenance needs identified by principals and school communities.
  2. Boost funding for basic maintenance by $20 million, and give school principals control of the budget for General Assistants and minor maintenance.
  3. Allow principals to use local tradespeople and local businesses where these offer better value for money and retain local bank accounts to facilitate such purchases.
  4. Complete an Independent Public Review of the current DET 'Devolution Funding Pilot' once the pilot is completed in 2011.

Jamisontown Public School is expected to receive an additional $12,000 for maintenance and on top of this funding the school can apply for up to $200,000 from our $40 million Public School Upgrade Fund. This additional funding will be for maintenance needs identified by principals and school communities and the budget controlled by the school principal.

\"Parents expect our public schools to be the best in the nation, but after 16 years of Labor facilities in many of the State's schools are in poor condition,\" Mr Piccoli said.

\"That is why the NSW Liberals & Nationals are injecting more than $60 million into school maintenance funding.

\"The NSW Liberals & Nationals believe our children deserve the highest quality public education, and also believe that local school communities are best placed to make decisions regarding their management.

\"These initiatives will allow parents, principals and school communities to take greater control of their schools, and direct funding to where it is most needed.

\"Our plan is backed by $60 million in new funding to ensure our children benefit from learning environments that are clean safe and in good condition,\" he said.

Liberal Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said the Local School, Local Decisions Action Plan would help Jamisontown Public School maintain a learning environment which is ideal for students and teachers.

\"Local parents and teachers have spoken to me about poor drainage, cracked footpaths, broken gutters and dilapidated toilet blocks and this additional funding will help address this and many other outstanding maintenance needs,\" Mr Ayres said.

\"The NSW Liberals & Nationals believe in local autonomy and decision-making. This means government devolving power to Penrith and lower Mountains Principals, Teachers and Parents.\"

Liberal Candidate for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said she knows other schools in the community like Glenmore Park Public School, St Clair Public School and Glenmore Park High School are in need of maintenance and this funding will help ensure our children are given the best environments in which to learn.

\"I'll be working with local schools to help lobby for our fair share of the new $40 million NSW Public School Upgrade Fund to fund maintenance needs identified by principals and school communities,\" Mrs Davies said.

\"I want to be part of a NSW Liberals & Nationals Government as the Member for Mulgoa so that I can work from within Government to get our local schools their fair share of funding,\" Mrs Davies said.

LINK: Local Schools - Local Decisions Policy