Steph Ryan announces $15 million Benalla education commitment
24 October 2014
A re-elected Victorian Coalition Government will invest $15 million to complete the much-awaited Benalla P-12 College regeneration.
The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan made the announcement today at Benalla P-12 College alongside Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan and The Nationals Member for Benalla Bill Sykes.
Ms Ryan, who has championed for the $15 million commitment, said completing this long-awaited project would revolutionise the delivery of education in Benalla.
“I am thrilled to be here in Benalla today to announce this $15 million commitment to complete the Benalla P-12 College regeneration, if the Coalition Government is re-elected,” Ms Ryan said.
“The Victorian Coalition Government has already backed this project by announcing an initial $5 million in this year’s State Budget, and this $15 million election commitment represents a significant boost for education for Benalla.”
This investment will deliver a senior school precinct, years 5/6 and years 7/8 hubs, and deliver purpose built performing arts, music, material technologies, visual arts, foods and cafeteria, and applied learning areas at the Faithfull Street Campus
In addition, the special needs centre at the Faithfull Street Campus will be refurbished, as well as upgrades for the gymnasium, with new change rooms, administration block and general refurbishment of the Avon Street Campus.
I want to pay credit to our retiring Nationals Member of Parliament, Bill Sykes, who has been instrumental in securing this investment.”
Dr Sykes said he was proud to have worked with the school community to secure this commitment.
“We have now secured this election commitment which will mean so much to improving the delivery of education to our 1000 local students,” Dr Sykes said.
“The Benalla community, parents and teachers, developed a master plan for the school’s regeneration in 2011 with a vision of being able to deliver quality education for the region’s students across three campuses.”
Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan welcomed the announcement, and thanked Steph and Dr Sykes for their vocal and tireless advocacy for the project.
“This $15 million election commitment is reward for hard work,” Mr Ryan said.
“It is reward for the hard work of the school community who developed the master plan and championed this wonderful initiative to government at every opportunity, through our dedicated local representatives such as Steph Ryan and Bill Sykes.
“It is reward for local families and teachers who want nothing more than great local education for the children of this community.
“And finally, it is reward for the students themselves, for all the effort they put in to be the best they can be. We as a government are so very proud to support you.”
Mr Ryan called on the Labor Party to match the Coalition Government’s funding commitment.
“We as a government have put our money where our mouth is and backed this wonderful community and its students, now it is time for Labor to do the same,” Mr Ryan said.
The Coalition Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.