Labor’s candidate for the state seat of Lismore, Janelle Saffin, has come out fighting, claiming her opponent’s party has left schools in Lismore millions of dollars out of pocket.
Ms Saffin, who was the federal member for Page up until 2013, says the problem stems from inadequate resourcing following last year’s floods.
According to figures the opposition has obtained under freedom of information, that the school maintenance backlog in Lismore has increased from $11 million to $21 million – an increase of 93%.
Of these five secondary schools in the electorate have a combined maintenance backlog of more than $5 million.
Of these four were directly affected by the floods.
They are The Rivers Secondary College (both Lismore and Kadina campuses), Wollumbin High and Murwillumbah High.
The Rivers Secondary College Kadina High Campus has the highest maintenance backlog in the electorate with a staggering $1.7 million.
Ms Saffin was joined by state Labor leader Luke Foley today outside the school to make the point.
She said Lismore teachers and students ‘need well-maintained facilities to create the best learning environments’.
‘The community has a right to be angry that they are being overlooked while this government splurges $2.7 billion on Sydney stadiums,’ Ms Saffin said.