MP calls for stadium funds to be spent on replacing demountable classrooms

Story appeared in: Torch | January 9th, 2018

PART of the $2.5 billion cost to knock down and rebuild two Sydney sporting stadia should be instead directed towards replacing over 60 demountable school classrooms in the electorate of Lakemba, says Labor MP Jihad Dib.
"It's staggering that one in 10 students in my electorate are being taught in demountable classrooms and Premier Gladys Berejiklian is prioritising stadiums over education and health," the Lakemba MP said.
The NSW Opposition says that schools and hospitals will be robbed after the Government committed $2.5 billion to replace the Olympic Stadium and Sydney Football Stadium at Moore Park.
Across NSW the amount of demountable classrooms impacting playground space has risen to 4,665 - according to figures obtained by the NSW Opposition under Freedom of Information laws - a third of which have been in place for a decade or longer.
The figures reveal that there are 64 demountable classrooms clogging up precious playground space in the Lakemba electorate. Greenacre and Banksia Road Public Schools have the greatest number of demountables, with eight classrooms each.
Premier Berejiklian said work on the stadia will generate a massive jobs boom, with $60 million in contracts awarded to western Sydney suppliers and more than 2,000 jobs created during and after construction.
Southern Steel Supplies in Milperra is one company which have signed major contracts for the Western Sydney Stadium. Sports Minister Stuart Ayres said the the new Western Sydney Stadium will revolutionise the spectator experience, with seating closer to the field of play than any other Australian facility.

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