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O’Brien launches campaign for new Foster Primary

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is calling for the Melbourne Labor Government to fund a rebuild of Foster Primary School.

Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, Mr O’Brien said the current Foster Primary School, which was built in 1965, is in a poor state of repair and plans to rebuild must be included in next year’s budget.

“I visited the school for the first time last year and it was clear that this school needed to be on the list for an upgrade.

“I was there again last week at the invitation of Matt Wallis, the school council president, and with principal, Lorraine Gurnett, we examined the issues that are of most concern to the school community.

“The tile glue that holds tiles on to the outside of the building, which I understand contains asbestos, is starting to come away,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We have got leaking roofs and the school has had to spend quite a lot of money to try and patch them up.

“There’s no doubt that the school is in need of a rebuild and I will now be campaigning with the local community to have funding included in next year’s State Budget.

“I was very pleased this year to be part of a strong community campaign that delivered $4 million for a new Yarram Primary Scholl, but Foster is of a similar vintage and also has to be updated,” he said.

The existing Yarram Primary School, which is about to be rebuilt, is based on the same design and materials as the Foster Primary School building.  

“From what I have seen of schools in my electorate – and there are about 45 – it is probably the primary school after Yarram that is in the poorest state of repair. It needs funding and the government should begin planning for that now.”

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