The Nationals to deliver rebuild for Foster Primary
Foster will get a new primary school under an elected Liberal Nationals Government.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, was joined by Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith, in Foster today to make the $2.5 million commitment to fully rebuild Foster Primary School.
Mr O’Brien said he had been working with the school community to push for a rebuild of the school since he was elected in 2015.
“Foster Primary School was built in 1965 and is certainly showing its age. The school has asbestos issues throughout and literally has chunks of brickwork falling off its exterior,” Mr O’Brien said.
“It’s at the point where the school shouldn‘t continue to spend money on maintenance for things that really need to be replaced. It’s not acceptable that our children and teachers have to put up with these sorts of facilities.
“That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals Government in November will provide $2.5 million in funding to ensure we see a full rebuild of Foster Primary School.
“I collected and presented the Andrews Labor Government over 1000 signatures on a petition backing the project, but despite this enormous community support Labor has failed to commit to rebuilding the school. We are now doing that.”
Mr Smith said Labor had neglected the school for years, only to provide part of the funds needed in this year’s State Budget after pressure from the community.
“We’ll fix the mess left by the part-time Education Minister and finish the job so that the Foster community has a school it can be proud of and that local children can get the education they deserve,” Mr Smith said.
“The Liberal Nationals are committed to delivering a better deal for our regional communities and ensuring we have access to a modern and safe learning environment.”
Shadow Minster for Education Tim Smith, Foster Primary School Council President Matt Wallis, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien and The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath at the announcement that an elected Liberal Nationals Government will fund a rebuild of Foster Primary.