The Inner West has experienced an unprecedented baby boom in recent years and we are in urgent need of a plan to address this ongoing growth.
Population density of children aged 0-4 in the Balmain electorate is 5 times higher than the state-wide average.
This density will only increase. In the decade to 2011, there was a 26% growth in the number of children aged 0-14, compared to 5% growth Sydney-wide.
Locally, this means our schools are overcrowded and our children do not have the funding, resources and learning space they need.
Sydney Secondary College’s Leichhardt campus enrolments have increased by 70% over the past 11 years.
There are now about 950 students at the school – its effective capacity.
Demographic data and enrolments at feeder primary schools show that this demand will increase in the coming years.
The school has a poor student to space ratio – one of the worst in the state for high schools. Further, the narrow, triangular shape of the school's site, dissected by paths, makes the space there less useable.
Join us in asking the State government to hand over the adjacent disused land to provide our local students with the space they need to learn.