Education Yarram Woodside Port Albert

O’Brien highlights need for Yarram Primary rebuild

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has promised to go into bat for funding for the rebuild of the Yarram Primary School to ensure local children have the best possible environment for learning.

Mr O’Brien visited the school yesterday and met with teachers and Principal Penny Earle to discuss the need for the rebuild and education issues generally.

“Yarram is a great school and has been waiting for some time now for the necessary funding to replace its outdated 1950s era buildings which have been patched up and refurbished over the years,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It’s now getting to the stage where the school has to consider whether it’s worth spending more money on upkeep or holding off in anticipation that the old buildings will be replaced.

“The Nationals in government last year delivered funding for the design and development works which are now in progress.  I have written to the Minister for Education asking him to ensure that this preparatory work is completed in time this year to ensure Yarram can be considered for full funding in next year’s budget.

“The dedicated teachers, parents and school council have been planning and working toward the rebuild for a number of years now and we just have to ensure the government funding is there to get on with it.

“My only promise is that I will fight hard for the Yarram community but I’m sure that working together we can make this project happen, just as we did with funding to complete the Sale Specialist School.”

While in the Yarram district, Mr O’Brien also handed over a new Victoria flag to the Port Albert Maritime Museum, visited Woodside Primary School and Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place.

“The Maritime Museum is a great attraction for Port Albert and a dedicated band of volunteers ensures it remains open for tourists visiting the area.  The displays tell a fascinating part of the history of our area and I encourage locals to support the museum and if you haven’t been there, get along and learn a bit about the rich maritime history of the area,” Mr O’Brien said.

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