Labor must confirm city school opening date

Reports that the new Royal Adelaide Hospital project (NRAH) is behind schedule have surfaced yet again, putting into doubt the Weatherill Labor Government’s ability to deliver a new city high on the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site on schedule as well.

Sources have today told The Advertiser that the completion date of the NRAH project will be delayed by more than 12 months because of litigation and relationship breakdowns on the site.

“If the NRAH falls significantly behind schedule, the follow-on effects will be felt in the health system and for the promised second city high school,” said Shadow Education Minister David Pisoni.

“If the NRAH project is not delivered by 2016 the Royal Adelaide Hospital will be kept operating in the interim and the construction of the promised high school will be delayed.

“Under the Weatherill Labor Government’s plan, the construction of a new high school on the Royal Adelaide Hospital site won’t be able to begin until the transfer of the Royal Adelaide Hospital to its new site is complete.

“Parents and students of inner Adelaide have the right to know whether or not the Weatherill Labor Government’s proposed 2019 start date for a city school will be achieved.

“Having failed to deliver its 2010 election promise to expand Adelaide High School by 250 students by 2013, Labor owes the parents and students of inner Adelaide an honest answer regarding potential delays on its new city school.

“The Weatherill Labor Government must now recommit to the 2016 completion date for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (NRAH) and address persistent rumours that the project is behind schedule.

“The Weatherill Labor Government should be open and transparent and confirm the likely completion date.

“Statements that there have been no changes to the contract completion date do not address the matter.

“The Weatherill Labor Government has already failed to deliver its last promise for an extra 250 students at Adelaide High School by 2013, with this promise now not due to be honoured until 2019.”