O’Brien invites Minister to visit Korumburra Secondary College
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has invited the Education Minister to visit Korumburra Secondary College to view the deteriorating classrooms that teachers and students are forced to teach and learn in.
Speaking in State Parliament last week, Mr O’Brien said that he had written to the Minister previously urging him to fund the upgrade of the school, but now asked that he visit to see first-hand the dire need for the funding to rebuild.
“Korumburra is quite an outdated school and most of the buildings date back to the 1950s,” Mr O’Brien said.
“A full funding arrangement would allow the school to do a full master plan overview and ensure that it not only rebuilds the important buildings but realigns the pick-up and drop-off and bus areas at the school.
“As the community knows, The Nationals in government provided $5.6 million in last year's budget to begin that upgrade and do the planning works. In addition, we made a further election commitment of $9 million, but unfortunately that has not been matched by the Labor Government.”
Mr O’Brien said while the Minister was in the Gippsland South electorate he should take the opportunity to visit Leongatha Secondary College, which was substantially rebuilt by the former Coalition Government.
“We provided $10 million for the upgrade of the college. In addition, we committed a further $1.25 million to finish stage 3, and the government certainly does need to provide those additional funds to fully complete the rebuild,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Funding from the Coalition Government has allowed for the upgrade of the secondary college with co-location onto one site with the primary school and South Gippsland Specialist School.
“These are both very important projects in my electorate and I urge the Minister and Melbourne Labor give strong consideration to these two worthy schools in their budget deliberations.”