School vows to fight Labor’s decisions to take portable
17 November 2015
Tuesday 17 November 2015
The Murchison community has launched a campaign to save Murchison Primary School's relocatable classroom.
The school community is pleading with the Andrews Labor Government to reverse its decision to remove the building which is used for foundation and grade one and two classes.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan was in Murchison today to meet with parent sand launch a petition to save the schools portable building and said the decision would force students into the original school building deemed unfit for the purpose 15 years ago.
"Labor says it's making Victoria the education state but it seems that only applies if you live in Melbourne,” Ms Ryan said.
"Around the state Daniel Andrews is ripping newer buildings away from country schools and leaving them with old, out-of-date classrooms.
"Students will have to be moved to the music room and library for the remainder of the school year, displacing the school’s youngest children with no consideration as to how they will be impacted.
"If the government goes ahead with this decision the school will no longer be in a position to offer important early childhood services and it will be left without a library and music room.
"Everywhere I go educators say that schools need to be community hubs and that's exactly what Murchison's done by repurposing its old portable for community needs.
"It's ludicrous that the government is now punishing them, particularly when the role of early childhood services in addressing rural disadvantage is so well understood."
Ms Ryan said copies of the petition are available at the school encouraged people to circulate it among their friends, neighbours and workplaces.
“We must show the government that this asset is important to the community,” Ms Ryan said.