Korumburra Secondary College still a high priority
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has vowed to keep up the pressure for construction of stage two of the Korumburra Secondary College after meeting the new school principal Vaya Dauphin this week.
Mr O’Brien has been campaigning to complete the rebuild of the secondary school since elected in 2015 after The Nationals, in government, provided $5.6 million to build the first stage which is now occupied.
“It was great to catch up with Vaya and talk about the issues and challenges facing a country secondary college even if she is only new to the role in Korumburra.
“I know the school community and Korumburra more generally is still very focussed on getting the entire school rebuilt. This involves demolition and reconstruction of the main school building at the front of the site and I am continuing to lobby the Andrews Labor Government and my own side to provide funding for this important project.”
Mr O’Brien said there was significant growth occurring in Korumburra and the western end of South Gippsland Shire in the school’s catchment zone, and he had no doubt that there would be strong demand for places at the school long into the future.
“A good education is not just about bricks and mortar, but if we can replace the old and outdated buildings with the best in modern school infrastructure, we send a signal to our students and teachers that we truly care about their education. It also ensures that they have the latest facilities to help them get the best start in life.
“I’ve been disappointed that Korumburra has been overlooked in four successive Labor Government budgets, but I’m hopeful we will soon have a break through.
“I thank the community engagement team at the school and the local community for strongly supporting the campaign for a new secondary college and I hope we can soon deliver on it.”
Mr O’Brien recently tabled a second lot of petitions supporting the school rebuild containing 548 signatures.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with Korumburra Secondary College Principal Vaya Dauphin.