Under the gun: MP Luke Hartsuyker has incurred the wrath of Nambucca Primary School for political point-scoring.
Under the gun: MP Luke Hartsuyker has incurred the wrath of Nambucca Primary School for political point-scoring.

Nambucca school takes aim at MP

IT is no secret that there have been some rip-offs associated with the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER) program but a Nambucca Valley school is feeling miffed for a completely different reason.

The president of the Nambucca Heads Primary School’s P & C has accused Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker of using the issue to make ‘sweeping statements with very obvious political bias in order to gain political gain’.

Jennett Gregory is so angry she has written to Mr Hartsuyker to express her displeasure.

Mrs Gregory said she was compelled to put pen to paper on the behalf of the P & C after reading Mr Hartsuyker’s Federal Matters supplement in the paper.

“It is disturbing to read untrue statements written on behalf of ‘Nambucca Valley Schools’ in Mr Hartsuyker’s bid to gain political points,” she wrote. “We refute categorically a number of his statements.”

Mrs Gregory wrote: “We the parents, staff and P & C body of Nambucca Heads Public School are extremely happy with the acquisition of a wonderful, sturdy and well built and well finished brand new school hall. We are very grateful to the Govt for making it possible for our school to own such a valuable asset.

“Prior to having a new hall our school community gathered for assemblies, performances and significant events in an undercover area with no walls. Special assemblies and occasions were regularly disrupted by inclement weather. To have a brand new hall, so beautifully built and finished off is an invaluable asset and one which has been out of our reach for many years, that is, until the Building the Education Revolution Project.”

Mr Hartsuyker has meantime welcomed moves by the Government to provide the Stuarts Point Public School with the facilities it was promised under the infrastructure program. He said it was among a number of local schools left high and dry after promised facilities were not delivered.

“I have been advised the Government has now told Stuarts Point Public School they will receive the facilities they were originally promised. This is welcome, but the Government needs to go further. Public schools in Eungai, Narranga, Scotts Head and Corindi also deserve to have the facilities which they were promised.

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