Liberal party promise to end Wollondilly school maintenance backlog

School maintenance: Liberal candidate Nathaniel Smith meets with parents and children at Douglas Park Public School.

School maintenance: Liberal candidate Nathaniel Smith meets with parents and children at Douglas Park Public School.

The state government has promised every maintenance job currently outstanding at Wollondilly’s 25 public schools will be completed by July 2020 if the Liberal party is re-elected in March. 

Wollondilly Liberal candidate Nathaniel Smith said a re-elected Berejiklian government would clear the maintenance backlog.

“This government has been working diligently in collaboration with our schools over the past four years, to ensure they are kept in the best condition,” Mr Smith said.

“The government is now wiping the slate clean and ensuring all remaining maintenance jobs at our schools such as carpeting, roof maintenance and painting works will be carried out – giving our kids great schools that they are excited to go to. “

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW government inherited a $1 billion school maintenance backlog from the former Labor government. 

“We have worked hard to reduce the maintenance backlog and I am delighted to confirm we will now clear it completely,” she said. 

“When Labor was last in government, they closed schools, sacked teachers and racked up a huge maintenance liability as our schools fell into disrepair.” 

Education minister Rob Stokes said the state government would invest a further $449 million to clear the backlog by July 2020. 

“This investment shows our commitment to maintaining existing schools as well as building new ones,” Mr Stokes said.