Great Valley School Bus
14 November 2017
My constituency question is for the Minister for Education. Does the minister's department have any plans to modify the school bus program to make it more flexible to meet the needs of rural students? I would like to acknowledge a number of schools from my electorate in the gallery today, Speaker, including Longwood Primary School, Euroa Secondary College, Euroa Primary School and also Nagambie Primary School. This question does not specifically relate to them. It relates to students who are currently attending school at Greta Valley Primary School. Those families live at Tatong. They have been told that their closest school is Peranbin Primary College at Swanpool. The department is applying the guidelines in absolutely ridiculous fashion. It is an issue I have raised with the minister previously, but those students spend half of their time at Baddaginnie, which is a campus twice the distance from Greta. Therefore the rules as they are being applied are just purely ridiculous.