Dubbo schools bursting at seams, Country Labor's Stephen Lawrence says

SPEAKING OUT: Dubbo Country Labor candidate Stephen Lawrence (right) with NSW opposition leader Luke Foley at Dubbo earlier this year. Photo: MARK RAYNER
SPEAKING OUT: Dubbo Country Labor candidate Stephen Lawrence (right) with NSW opposition leader Luke Foley at Dubbo earlier this year. Photo: MARK RAYNER

A number of Dubbo electorate schools are at 90 per cent capacity or higher, according to documents obtained by NSW Labor under the Freedom of Information Act.

Dubbo Public School (114 per cent), Ballimore Public School, Euchareena Public School, Goolma Public School, Gulgong Public School, Lue Public School, Mudgee Public School and Cudgegong Valley Public School (100 per cent) were all at or above 100 per cent capacity.

Orana Heights Public School, South Public School, Wellington Public School, Dubbo North Public School and Gulgong High School were all at or above 90 per cent capacity.

Dubbo Country Labor candidate Stephen Lawrence said the government had failed to deliver on the promise of Education Minister Stokes to build a dozen new schools each year.

Instead, he said they had spent $870,000 transporting demountable classrooms around NSW.

Students in Dubbo deserve better than being crowded in cramped classrooms or forced to learn in demountables.

Dubbo Country Labor candidate Stephen Lawrence

When Labor was last in government, it built and opened an average of five new schools each year.

“We are sick of hearing the Liberal-National government promising new schools but failing to deliver,” Mr Lawrence said.

“The Berejiklian government has the wrong priorities when they splash cash on stadium rebuilds in Sydney but don’t build new schools in Dubbo.”

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Earlier this year NSW Labor revealed almost 4200 demountables across the state were more than 20 years old.

Shadow Education Minister Jihad Dib said “piling more demountables onto valuable playground space is not the answer”.

“Students and teachers need a quality environment to learn and teach in instead of cramped and crowded classrooms,” he said.

“NSW Labor has committed to an unprecedented school building program. The difference between NSW Labor and the other lot is that we will actually build them instead of just talking about them.”

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant’s office was contacted for comment, but they did not respond.