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O’Brien tackles Seaspray school toilet conundrum

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Andrews Labor Government to provide top-up funding to address asbestos issues at Seaspray Primary School.

Speaking in State Parliament, Mr O’Brien has called on the Education Minister to provide additional funding for the removal of old asbestos-filled toilets at the school.

“The school was very happy a few years ago to be given $190,000 which it thought would be able to be used for renovations and new buildings.

“However, after the Andrews Labor Government broke its commitment to remove asbestos from every school by 2020, the money instead had to go to the replacement of 40 year old asbestos-ridden toilets.

“While the school is pleased to have fixed that problem, it’s now been told by the Education Department that it has to pay up to $15,000 to remove the old toilets.”

The school contacted Mr O’Brien saying they simply don’t have the money and the old building will have to be left there until it can be raised.

“On their behalf I’ve now taken this matter up with the Education Minister in Parliament and asked him to ensure that additional funding is provided for the removal of the toilet block.

“You can’t give with one hand and take away with the other, and this funding arrangement has been something of a charade from the start.

“The school had hoped to do other works with the funding it received a few years ago but instead, had to address the asbestos issue in its toilets.

“To now be told they have to find the money to remove the old toilets was somewhat of a shock.

“This is a relatively small amount of money and I am calling on the Andrews Government to just fix the problem.”

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