Government pushed to fund Benalla College
30 August 2018
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is calling on the Andrews Labor Government to immediately provide funding to progress Benalla P-12 College’s redevelopment.
Ms Ryan said funding is desperately needed to redevelop the college with the first stage of the redevelopment due for completion by the end of this year.
“The Andrews Labor Government has critically underfunded Benalla College. The school has no certainty on when funding for the next stage of the rebuild will be allocated.”
Ms Ryan has visited the school on many occasions and seen firsthand how desperately school buildings need to be repaired.
“I have spoken many times in Parliament about the difficulties the school faces with out of date facilities and classrooms that are riddled with asbestos and mould.
“I have also met with the school’s new principal Tony Clark and school council president Michael Plex to discuss the school’s needs.
“Benalla students, parents and teachers deserve a better deal than the one Labor has given them.
“I will keep fighting for funding for the school so local kids have the very best educational opportunities.”
At the 2014 election, The Nationals made a $15 million commitment to rebuild the school, in addition to the $5 million that was put aside in the 2012-13 Budget.
The Andrews Government refused to honour that commitment, leaving the school in limbo. In 2016, after extensive lobbying, a further $3.5 million was finally allocated allowing stage one of the rebuild to commence.