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Story appeared in: Review | January 8th, 2018



TOO many schools within Cumberland are over capacity with councillors using their last 2017 meeting to demand that the State Government take action.
A mayoral minute on the 'Capacity of Schools' within the LGA tabled by Mayor Greg Cummings received unanimous support from his colleagues, with Cr Ross Grove saying that the issue was raised with Premier Gladys Berejiklian at a recent WSROC meeting by fellow Councillor Suman Saha.
Cr Ross said some schools were even running two sets of lunch breaks to keep student body in manageable proportions.
Also supporting the motion, Cr Paul Garrard said it was "time to draw a line in the sand".
"Over the years not enough thought has gone into where our population gets educated," he said.
Cr Cummings said Cumberland continued to experience one of the highest rates of growth within metropolitan Sydney, and it was critical that planning and action for the provision of school infrastructure occur "in a more substantial way than it has previously".
"Expected dwelling growth over the next 15 years for Merrylands Centre will see an additional 5,500 dwellings and a population increase of approximately 14,000," he said.
"Other town centres such as Granville, Auburn and Lidcombe have a combined capacity for over 12,000 additional dwellings which could result in an additional population of over 27,000 people, a large proportion of which is also anticipated to occur within the next 15 years.
"Comments from community members indicate that many schools are already at or over capacity, prior to this growth occurring."
He said given the pressures on land it was important that both public and private education providers look at a range of options to meet future needs.

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