Coogee school maintenance backlog reaches $5.6 million

In Parliament | 07.12.16

The crumbling state of schools across NSW has worsened under the Baird Government with the school maintenance backlog growing by more than $43 million in just 12 months. 

Documents obtained by the Labor Opposition have revealed the school maintenance backlog has ballooned to more than $775 million; up from $732 million last financial year.

 The latest documents show the individual maintenance backlog for 11 government schools in Coogee as at June 30 2016 was $5.6 million in total. The data shows: 

  • Two schools have an individual maintenance backlog in excess of $1 million each in Coogee;
  • Six other schools have a backlog in excess of $300,000;
  • No schools have a backlog bill of less than $100,000.

Coogee’s ten most dilapidated schools have a combined backlog bill of $5.5 million. 

A wide range of works are needed across NSW schools including toilet and sewer upgrades, carpet replacement, painting, fixing damaged rooves, installing guttering, replacing windows and other general repairs. 

Coogee’s most rundown school, Randwick Girls High School, had a staggering $1,197,533 worth of needed repairs and maintenance that were yet to be addressed. 

The school maintenance backlog follows a series of appalling revelations about the state of NSW public schools with the Opposition uncovering a school overcrowding crisis during budget estimate hearings. 

The hearings uncovered that more than a third of NSW public schools are at or above capacity. 

The maintenance backlog has shown once again that the Baird Government has no plan to bring our overcrowded schools up to standard. 

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 

TOP TEN SCHOOL MAINTENANCE BACKLOGS IN COOGEE

 

School

Maintenance Backlog

1

Randwick Girls High School

$1,197,533

2

Randwick Boys High School

$1,175,720

3

Rainbow Street Public School

$741,174

4

Randwick Public School

$480,938

5

Waverley Public School

$441,315

6

South Coogee Public School

$382,726

7

Open High School

$343,668

8

Bronte Public School

$313,769

9

Clovelly Public School

$218,039

10

Centennial Park School

$188,883

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