Pyalong’s portable a priority in Parliament
27 November 2015
Friday 27 November 2015
The Andrews Labor Government has been left in no doubt as to the importance of Pyalong Primary School’s portable building after Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan tabled a petition in Parliament yesterday.
The petition, which had been circulated by the Pyalong community, called on the government to reverse its decision to remove the school’s portable building which is used for art, music, sports, playgroup and after school care.
Ms Ryan said almost 240 people had signed the petition.
“The fact that so many from the Pyalong community have signed this petition demonstrates just how important the building is to the community,” Ms Ryan said.
Ms Ryan also told Parliament last night that she was concerned by the process used to assess Pyalong's needs.
“The assessment occurred when the school's permanent staff were not present due to a funeral," Ms Ryan said.
"As a result, they were unable to explain to the department why it is so necessary for them to keep this building.
“Pyalong's school enrolments are expected to grow over the next few years and the playgroup, which uses the portable, provides parents with a means to introduce their children to the school environment.
“If Daniel Andrews is serious about making Victoria the “Education State” then he should not be ripping valuable resources away from regional schools.”
Ms Ryan said it was important that the government listened to the community.
“I urge Education Minister James Merlino to put politics aside and look at the real issues here,” Ms Ryan said.
“It will be a huge loss not just to the school but also to the wider community if Pyalong loses this building.”