(27 November 2013)
Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich has welcomed the Education Department's decision to seek funding to build a new and bigger Ultimo Public School on former Wattle Street Depot site.
The decision was unanimously supported by the Inner Sydney Schools Working Party, established in Mr Greenwich's first week as an MP, and includes parents, the Education Department, and City of Sydney.
The Working Party will now look at the growing demand for local high school sites and places.
Mr Greenwich said:
“I congratulate the working party and the department on this decision. We have been calling for urgent action to address local school capacity,”
“There has been a massive increase in the number of children and young people in the school catchment, as there has been across the inner city.
In response to community pressure and my representations, the Minister for Education set up a Working Group with the City of Sydney and school representatives to look at options and recommend a way forward.
“The Ultimo school community deserves credit for their work to resolve this matter”
“I’ll be pushing for childcare and after school care to be provided on site as well. There are huge waiting lists for access to these vital supports for families with children."
"We need to work now on getting a new school designed and built as soon as possible and work towards a high school site,” Mr Greenwich concluded.
For further information contact Alex Greenwich on 02 9360 3053 (Electorate Office).