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Steph Ryan calls for the Coalition Government to invest in the Seymour College regeneration

16 October 2014

Seymour College desperately needs funding for the second and third stages of the school’s regeneration, which involves rebuilding the year 5-8 and 9-12 facilities and devloping the technical wing.

The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan wants to help the school secure this funding.

Ms Ryan said after securing a commitment from the Victorian Coalition Government for redevelopment of Seymour’s Kings Park, she was now focussed on securing a funding commitment for Seymour College.

“Over the last few months my team and I have knocked on every door in Seymour and locals keep telling me that we need to complete the Seymour College regeneration,” Ms Ryan said.

“As The Nationals candidate for Euroa, I will fight for this community and I am making the Seymour College regeneration a key priority.”

Ms Ryan met with Seymour College Acting Principal Gail Hardman and School Council President David Stute at Seymour College on Thursday to discuss the future of the school.

Ms Ryan said the meeting was positive and she left determined to secure this much needed funding.

“Education is a key priority for The Nationals,” Ms Ryan said.

“By building better schools, we are investing in the future of our young people.

“Growing up locally, I know how important a good education was for me, it helped me get into university, get my first job and become the person I am today.

“Country students deserve schools as good as those in the city and I will work within a Coalition Government to ensure we secure this important funding.”

Ms Ryan said the Victorian Government had supported stage one of the Seymour College regeneration, which delivered new P-4 classrooms and facilities, the special school and administration buildings.

“The work that has been done as part of stage one is impressive, and I know the younger students and special school students are loving their new facilities,” Ms Ryan said.

“It is now time to fix the rest of the school and I will be raising the issue with Deputy Premier Peter Ryan, Minister for Education Martin Dixon and other ministers at every possible opportunity to ensure we secure this much needed funding.” 

Ms Ryan said locals could show their support for the regeneration by posting a message on her Facebook page, by sending her an email or a letter, or dropping into her campaign office in Seymour.

“I want students, parents, grandparents and locals to get behind me as I fight to secure funding for Seymour College,” Ms Ryan said.

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