Yarram PS petition in Parliament next week

More than 900 Yarram residents have signed a petition calling on the Melbourne Labor Government to fund the upgrade of Yarram Primary School in this month’s State Budget.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien this week collected the petition from prep student Marcus Jaensch, who donned his school uniform and travelled to school on his holidays to hand over the petition.

Mr O’Brien said for 900 people to sign a petition in a town where the population was about 2000 was astounding and showed the strong desire of the community to have a new school that met the needs of today’s curriculum.

“To have almost half the town getting behind the campaign to rebuild the school sends a message to Labor that we are serious about a better future for our children.

“The school is well beyond repair and it’s not good enough that students are squeezed into undersized classrooms, rooves and walls are leaking and toilets are faulty,” Mr O’Brien said

“Yarram is a great school and has been waiting for some time now for the necessary funding to replace its outdated 1960s era buildings which have been patched up and refurbished over the years.

“The dedicated teachers, parents and school council have been planning and working toward the rebuild for a number of years. Now that the site is shovel-ready I will continue to push hard to ensure that Melbourne Labor has funding in the upcoming budget to get this new school built.”

Mr O’Brien will present the petition to the Legislative Assembly next week.

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