Some schools missing out on repairs and maintenance

David Mehan and Jihad Dib outside the Glenvale school at North EntranceDavid Mehan and Jihad Dib outside the Glenvale school at North Entrance

Shadow Minister for Education, Mr Jihad Dib, and Mr David Mehan, Member for the Entrance, today called on the Berejiklian Government to explain the lack of funding allocated to schools for maintenance in The Entrance Electorate.

According to Mr Mehan and Mr Dib, The Entrance Campus of Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College has one of the highest backlogs on the Central Coast for basic repairs and maintenance, which has blown out to more than $1.5m, and the Liberal Government has not even considered it to be in the top ten allocations of Schools for their planned maintenance lists for the Central Coast. Works needed across the electorate include upgrades to sewerage systems, toilets and bathrooms, gutters being fi xed, and roofs being patched.

The Shadow Minister for Education and the Member for The Entrance also visited North Entrance Special School, where the perimeter fence has rusted through and, in places collapsed. This matter was brought to the attention of the Office of the Minister in May 2017 and has still not been rectified. “This Government is failing to get the basics right and it’s about time they made a real commitment to addressing our schools’ maintenance issues. “The full list of schools and their needs should be publically available,” Mr Dib said. “I encourage the Minister to come out to my electorate and see the condition of our children’s learning environments,” Mr Mehan added.

Source: Media release, Feb 26 Alfat Karnib, Office of Jihad Dib MP