Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald welcomes inroads on Hunter River High and Irrawang High repair bill

Two of the Port’s public schools are on the ‘top 10 list’ where the state government has made it’s biggest inroads on maintenance.

Public schools in the Hunter have had their planned maintenance bills reduced by $23.7 million, with Irrawang High School coming in second with $1.5 million trimmed from its list.

Meanwhile, Hunter River High School was in eighth place with inroads of $956,758 being made. 

The Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said the list shows the benefit of a blitz on roofing, flooring, painting and other maintenance projects.

“Providing high-quality school facilities is vital to give our children the education they need and deserve,” he said.

“I am pleased to see the NSW Government delivering these important works for Hunter schools.” 

The ten Hunter schools with the largest reductions are;

·         Rutherford Technology High School – Maitland        $1,758,701

·         Irrawang High School – Port Stephens                      $1,515,093

·         Maitland High School – Maitland                                $1,355,514

·         Cessnock High School – Cessnock                           $1,230,512

·         Maitland Grossmann High School – Maitland            $1,190,301

·         Kurri Kurri High School – Cessnock                           $1,110,457

·         Francis Greenway High School – Maitland                $1,078,826

·         Hunter River High School – Port Stephens                $956,758

·         Cardiff High School – Charlestown                            $947,174

·         Lake Munmorah High School – Swansea                  $900,616

The reduction in the liability follows the state government’s $747 million school maintenance investment over the next four years in last year’s NSW Budget.

Education Minister Rob Stokes welcomed the results of the latest Education Department audit and noted that more progress will be made in the coming months with another $100 million allocated towards further maintenance in the 2017-18 financial year.

Mr Stokes said the latest audit is the first time since 2012 that a full review of the condition of all schools has been completed.

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