Labor fails test on school maintenance funding
18 August 2015
Tuesday 18 August 2015
The Victorian Labor Government’s school maintenance funding allocations have all but missed the Euroa electorate.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said while $34,000 would provide a welcome boost for Broadford Secondary College, it was disappointing Labor had again neglected Seymour.
“It’s hard to see why Seymour College is not on this list when the school is spending virtually all of its maintenance budget trying to keep aging buildings serviceable,” Ms Ryan said.
“With $27 million in funding on the table, it’s disappointing that Labor has allocated just $34,000 to the region,” Ms Ryan said.
“Regional Victorians are again missing out under this Melbourne-centric Labor Government.”
Ms Ryan said Education Minister James Merlino was well aware of the needs of schools across the Euroa electorate including Seymour.
“I have raised the needs of both communities many times in Parliament and invited the Minster to visit Seymour College,” Ms Ryan said.
“It appears that even after visiting last week, the Minister has not grasped the urgent need for funding to finish the school.”
Seymour College school council president David Stute expressed his disappointment that the school had missed out again.
“To complete the regeneration and keep the project going we need an urgent commitment of funds,” Mr Stute said.
“The uncertainty of not knowing is the biggest problem for the school right now.
“During his visit the Minister said that the government was committed to finishing all projects that were started, but there was still no timeline given, no indication of when.”
Ms Ryan said she would continue to work with the school community to advocate for more capital and maintenance funding.
“We will keep pushing the case,” Ms Ryan said.
“Education is the key to giving young people in Seymour a brighter future and helping our region become healthy and more prosperous.
“Seymour College deserves recognition from the Minister for the excellent work they do in educating our young people.
“I trust the Minister will recognise this and provide the funding they need to continue this work,” Ms Ryan said.