September 23, 2014. MEDIA RELEASE
News that the new primary school in Ultimo will not be ready by 2017 as promised, unless the City of Sydney offers the state government a discount on the site is ‘ extremely disheartening’, says the Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker.
The Department of Education has offered to pay $74 million for the proposed site for the new school, but the City of Sydney is asking market value, which they estimate as up to $120 million, less $9.5 million for the cost of decontamination.
“As the Sydney Morning Herald recently revealed, the NSW public school system is facing a $7 billion shortfall,” says Greens MP Jamie Parker.
“Successive Education Ministers have failed to plan for the growing population in inner Sydney.
“This extraordinary failure lies at the feet of both the NSW Labor and Liberal parties.
“This is not time for bickering, it’s time to sort out this extraordinary mess to ensure that this most basic need – to educate our children – is met in our community.
“If they state government is serious about public education, and all the benefit that it brings to a high-functioning society – then they must make a proper contribution.”