Backlog of needed spending on Glen Innes High School cut claims MP

Adam Marshall MP and High School Principal, Adam Forrester, inspect building work at the school in November.
Adam Marshall MP and High School Principal, Adam Forrester, inspect building work at the school in November.

Northern Tablelands MP, Adam Marshall, said that his government had “slashed” the backlog of work needing to be done.

State government figures reveal the maintenance liability on Glen Innes High School was $745,454 in June, 2016 but had fallen to $685,947 by the end of 2017 – a drop of nearly $60,000.

Speaking about what he called the “improvement blitz” throughout the state, he said: “Our students deserve to learn in comfortable and well maintained facilities and this extensive works program is working to ensure our schools are of a high quality.”

There has been major building work at the 97-year-old High School in the last six months, including a new covered area for learning outdoors, new seats for students and footpaths and access ramps.

But the representative of the NSW Teachers Federation, Mercurius Goldstein, said: “While the NSW government has finally responded to community concerns about schools maintenance, these measures still fall well short of estimates submitted by the Department of Education to NSW Infrastructure in 2014, and will not clear the maintenance backlog that was reported by the NSW Auditor-General’s department in December 2015.”

“By the government’s own admission, we are still only half way there.”

He added: “This is exactly the sort of thing Adam Marshall is in a good position to discuss with Barnaby Joyce, if Mr Joyce is still taking phone calls.”