Leppington, Catherine Fields, Edmondson Park, Denham Court and Bardia have been identified by the Enrolment Growth Audit as examples of areas where a failure to factor in the speed of development left families without the local public schools they need.
“I am shocked but not surprised by what this audit has revealed,” Member for Leppington, Nathan Hagarty said.
“Despite the huge growth in population, the previous government failed to deliver much needed schools and infrastructure.”
The Enrolment Growth Audit, released today by the NSW Department of Education, is a key election commitment of the NSW Government to understand student population changes across NSW and improve school infrastructure planning.
The audit was conducted from August to December 2023, spans the past 5 years, from 2018 to 2023, and considers opportunities to better anticipate and respond to growth trends in future years.
The audit found that the top 10 student growth areas between 2018 and 2023, all located in Sydney’s West, collectively accounted for close to 40 per cent of all student enrolment growth in NSW.
These areas have been identified as priority growth precincts by successive NSW Governments since the mid-2000s; however, planning has failed to deliver the schools needed.
For example, the Leppington and Catherine Fields catchment grew 173% since 2018, while the Denham Court-Bardia Catchment grew 290%, placing them within the top 10 growth in student enrolment in NSW and yet without the necessary public education facilities.
Mr Hagarty noted that in just under 12 months, the Minns Labor government has set about fixing the education backlog in Leppington left by the previous Liberal/National Government.
“We have committed to upgrading 4 primary schools, converting Eagle Vale into a specialist sports high school and are building a new high school in Leppington,” he added.