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Government non-committal on Sale College redevelopment

The campaign for funding to commence a redevelopment and consolidation of Sale College onto one site will continue despite a disappointing initial response from the Andrews Labor government.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has received a non-committal statement from the Minister for Education James Merlino in response to his latest letter seeking support for Sale College.

“I have written to Minister Merlino a number of times in recent years on this issue, and most recently asked him to provide masterplan funding for Sale College in the forthcoming state budget,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The response I’ve received is non-committal and gives no indication that Sale College is high on the government’s priority list.

“This is a disappointing, but not unexpected response, and only means I will re-double my efforts to secure funding in the budget this year.”

Mr O’Brien said the Sale College community had been proactive in seeking government and community support for consolidation onto one campus and is seeking funding for a masterplan to begin that process.

“We have not only the Sale College Council and school community behind this project, we also have strong public support from Wellington Shire Council and the Committee for Wellington.

“I recognise this is not a project that will be done in one budget, but we absolutely need the design and development funding in this coming budget so that work can begin on planning the school and making decisions such as whether it should be co-located on an existing site, such as the Guthridge campus, or onto a new greenfield site somewhere else.

“I will continue to campaign with these groups and the school to ensure Sale College gets its fair share.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is continuing the campaign for the Sale College redevelopment (photo taken pre-mask rules).

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