Even in a crisis, Labor turns its back on South Gippsland schools
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, is bitterly disappointed that Korumburra Secondary College and Foster Primary School have again missed out on funding to complete their rebuilds in today’s state government funding announcement.
The Andrews Labor Government has announced $1.18 billion for education capital works across the state but Korumburra and Foster have not been successful.
“The Nationals in government funded the first stage of Korumburra’s rebuild and I have been campaigning now for six years to complete the job to no avail. Likewise, the Foster community has been campaigning for a new primary school and while the job is half done, the final stage needs to be completed.
“When I heard the state-wide announcement this morning I felt sure this would be our turn. I questioned the Education Minister in Parliament’s Public Accounts and Estimates hearing today but there is no joy.
“The Minister instead acknowledged my advocacy for schools in my electorate – that’s nice, but I’d prefer if he acknowledged the needs of students in my electorate and actually provided the funding.
“Country students deserve 21st century facilities just as much as those in the city.
“The Korumburra and Foster communities have put their weight behind the needs of these schools – I’ve tabled petitions for both schools with thousands of signatures and there’s been a concerted campaign from the school communities.
“It’s incredibly frustrating that even in a crisis, Labor can’t see its way to fund these schools.”
Mr O’Brien said he was also continuing to advocate for planning funding for consolidation of Sale College onto one site.