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Medowie’s ‘missing’ public high school nothing but neglect, says Teachers Federation

The NSW Teachers Federation has lashed out at the NSW Government over its abandonment of public education in Medowie.

The union’s president, Angelo Gavrielatos, visited the region on Friday 26 March, backing the community’s long-standing calls for a high school.

He joined local parents in Medowie this morning, alongside Port Stephens state MP Kate Washington and Paterson federal MP Meryl Swanson.

“Despite former Liberal Education Minister Adrian Piccoli promising in 2011 to make a public high school in Medowie ‘shovel ready’, nothing has been done by the Berejiklian government ever since,” Mr Gavrielatos said.

“Medowie now has a Catholic high school, an independent Christian school and two over-capacity public primary schools, but no public high school.

“It’s an area of significant growth, with 1,000 more homes currently approved for development.”

Instead, the NSW Government recently announced plans to expand the two existing high schools in Raymond Terrace without any consultation with the community.

“The proposal’s been designed to rule out a public high school in Medowie,” Ms Washington said.

“In 2011, the Liberals and Nationals promised to get this high school underway.

“But, a decade later, nothing has been done.

“Instead, the government wants to create mega-schools in Raymond Terrace.

“I believe it’s a secret plan to lock in the status quo, so they never have to build a public high school in Medowie.

“Under the NSW Government, it’s been a decade of inaction for school kids in Medowie and the surrounding communities.”

Ms Swanson said she supported the local community’s campaign, too.

“I stand with the families in Medowie,” she stated.

“And, I back their calls for a public high school right here in Medowie.”

Mr Gavrielatos didn’t hold back in his assessment either.

“The Berejiklian government has a fundamental obligation to deliver public education,” he said.

“In Medowie, they have neglected their responsibility to ensure public secondary schooling is a real choice for local families.

“This government can’t just abandon its responsibilities to provide public education where it’s needed.

“For local mums and dads, public education should be guaranteed.

“However, in this case, the government is not delivering.” 

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