Thirroul Public School has been listed among the most overcrowded schools in NSW.
A parliamentary enquiry has heard more than one third of the State’s schools are stretched beyond their capacity, with enrolments set to surge in the coming decade.
In fact, Education Department estimates reveal they’ll need an additional $11 billion funding by 2031.
The list sees Thirroul Public School currently at 106% capacity.
Premier Mike Baird has announced 40 new classrooms for 900 students in Sydney’s West with the promise of more to come. There has been no mention of extra resources being allocated to education in the Illawarra.
This follows a report obtained under Freedom of Information which revealed Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts and Smiths Hill High schools are among the top 10 most neglected in the state, with maintenance backlogs in excess of $2 million each.
Bulli High School is 21st on the list, needing $1,710, 563 worth of repairs.
At the current rate of funding, the schools estimate it will take 19 years to fix the existing issues.
Other Northern Illawarra schools on the maintenance backlog include Austinmer Public School ($248,000), Helensburgh Public School ($191,878), Scarborough Public School ($97,158), Stanwell ParkPublic School ($89,770), Thirroul Public School ($504,310).