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Minister Remains Silent on School Fence Despite Break-ins

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State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, will today move a Notice of Motion calling on the Minister for Education to explain why a school security fence for Glendore Public School has been denied, following yet another break-in, the fourth since November.

The Minister has remained silent for 70 days now, without a response to correspondence sent by Ms Hornery.

Ms Hornery has met and spoken with concerned parents and P&C members who raised the need for a perimeter security fence to help prevent the theft and vandalism that the school is facing on a regular basis.

Last week the school suffered yet another break-in with equipment stolen and the school vandalised.

Following the election and the swearing in of the new Education Minister, Ms Hornery wrote to Minister, Sarah Mitchell, asking for a meeting to discuss the need for a security fence.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery

“Here we have the only school in the area that doesn’t have a security perimeter fence and it’s the only school being broken into and vandalised.”

“Since November, more than $250,000 worth of damage and clean-up costs have been incurred as a result of the break-in.”

“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 raised this issue with the Minister following the election and the swearing in of a new Minister for Education. That was more than 70 days ago and the silence is deafening.”

“I will be bringing this issue to Parliament today and I hope the Minister is paying attention.”

“The school needs a security fence immediately. The Government needs to listen to what the community wants.”