Government urged to act on disgraceful state of old primary school site
17 November 2015
Friday 13 November 2015
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has urged the government to clean up the site of the former Seymour East Primary School.
Ms Ryan said the condition of the old school campus in Delatite Rd was a disgrace.
"I walked around the school several weeks ago after a number of people expressed concern about the state it had been left in.
"Windows have been broken and rubbish was strewn around the site.
"It is going to waste. It should be cleaned up and sold or leased to a community group, not left to fall into disrepair."
"If the government has no further use for the site, it should declare it surplus to requirements so it can be put to beneficial use," Ms Ryan said.
The Delatite Road site has been vacant since 2010 when Seymour East Primary School merged with Seymour Technical High School, Seymour Primary School and Seymour Special School and relocated to one campus at Seymour College.
“I have written to Treasurer Tim Pallas and raised the matter in Parliament," Ms Ryan said.
“To date Seymour has had no direction from the government about its intentions for the site.”
Ms Ryan said the Seymour community had proposed a number of uses for the site including expansion of local disability services or even a CFA training facility.
“Local disability provider Goulburn Options is out of room at its current site and would be very interested in talking to the government about options for the site,” Ms Ryan said.
“If Goulburn Options were able to take on the Seymour East Primary School site it would be able to expand its services and ensure that the community is well catered for.
“I have offered to put the Treasurer’s office in contact with key community stakeholders to discuss options for the site."