Community campaign to redevelop college pays off
27 April 2016
Wednesday 27 April 2016
Benalla College will receive $3.5 million in today's State Budget, bringing the school a small step closer to its long-awaited redevelopment.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has congratulated the Benalla community for their efforts in campaigning for the school's redevelopment.
"There's a long way to go but our campaign for funding is starting to pay off," Ms Ryan said.
The allocation in today's Budget will only part fund the redevelopment if the school, with $3.5 million to begin works. This funding will add to the $5 million allocated for the redevelopment by The Nationals in government in the 2013 Budget.
“While the funding is still $11.5 million short of what the school believes it needs and what The Nationals committed to at the last election, I am encouraged that we have finally got the school onto the government's radar,” Ms Ryan said.
“I congratulate Benalla College's school council president Stephen Lister and other members of the college community who have been tireless advocates for the project.
“Thank you too to everyone in the community who supported my petition calling on the government to fund Benalla P-12 College.”
Ms Ryan said it was critical that the government did not tick Benalla off their to-do list now that some funding had been given.
“Daniel Andrews must not use this small allocation as a free pass to ignore the school in the future.
“Much more is needed and we must continue to push the government to commit to the remainder of the project," Ms Ryan said.