Shadow Minister visits Gippsland South schools
Gippsland South schools are on the agenda with a visit from the Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith to Foster Primary School, Korumburra Secondary College and Sale Specialist School.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said he had been long campaigning for these schools and it was important the Shadow Minister saw first-hand the poor state of Foster Primary School and the need for Stage 2 of Korumburra Secondary College to be funded.
“The current Foster Primary School, which was built in 1965, is in a poor state of repair and the Andrews Labor Government must look at funding a rebuild,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The school is full of asbestos, falling apart, with maintenance costs now placing a burden on the school budget. It is not a conducive environment for our children’s education and needs to be rebuilt.”
Mr O’Brien and Mr Smith also visited Korumburra Secondary College highlighting the need for funding of Stage 2 of the school.
Mr O’Brien said the former Liberal-National Coalition provided $5.6 million for the planning and first stage of works at the college.
“It would be great to finish the project now that Stage 1 is being used to ensure that our Korumburra students have access to the best quality educational infrastructure,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Next Friday the Minister for Education will open stage 1 of the Korumburra Secondary College rebuild, funded by The Nationals in government. He should bring a cheque with him to finish the job.”
Mr O’Brien and his Gippsland East colleague, Tim Bull also took the opportunity to tour the new Sale Specialist School with the Shadow Minister.
Mr O’Brien said the new school, which opened this year, is a fantastic facility for the community who worked hard to secure the funding.
Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith said it was important he got to visits schools around the whole state.
“It was great to be there with Danny and Tim to see the schools as we develop policy ahead of the November state election,” Mr Smith said.
Mr O’Brien said petitions are circulating for both Foster Primary School and Korumburra Secondary College and I encourage people to sign them so we can keep the pressure on the Andrews Labor Government.