State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has called on the NSW Government to review its decision not to provide Glendore Public School with security fencing following yet another break in overnight.
Earlier this year, Ms Hornery spoke with concerned parents and P&C members who raised the need for a permitter security fence to help prevent the theft and vandalism that the school was facing on a regular basis. Twice the Government responded to advise that a security fence was not needed and a risk assessment would be undertaken.
The school has been successful in receiving a number of grants to improve facilities but these are continually targeted by thieves and vandals.
Ms Hornery will be speaking further with the Education Minister regarding the urgent need for a security fence.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“Glendore Public School is the target for thieves and vandals in the area as it is the only school without a perimeter security fence.”
“The community and school are sick and tired of having to replace items on a regular basis with anyone free to roam through the school grounds.”
“I have spoken with parents and P&C members about the need for a perimeter security fence and I have twice raised it with the Minister for Education and twice the request has been denied.”
“The break in last night is just further evidence of how out of touch this Government is with what the community wants and needs.”
“A large amount of electronic equipment has been taken according to reports from the school and this could not come at a worse time.”
“I will be raising this with the Government yet again today.”
“The school needs a security fence immediately. The Government needs to listen to what the community wants.”