O’Brien ramps-up fight for Yarram PS funding
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has called on the Minister for Education James Merlino to visit Yarram Primary School ahead of this month’s budget.
Mr O’Brien and the school community have been fighting for funding for a rebuild of the primary school, which was built in the 1960s and is in bad need of replacement.
Speaking in Parliament, Mr O’Brien highlighted the need for the school to be funded in the budget and invited the Minister to visit as soon as possible.
“James Merlino is well aware of the need for funding for the local primary school through the advocacy of the local primary school, but it would be better if he could visit the school to see firsthand its rundown state,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Students are squeezed into undersized classrooms, rooves and walls are leaking, toilets are faulty and in general the school is not fit for good educational outcomes.
“The teachers at Yarram do a great job and it’s a great school, but it does need to be brought into the 21st century.
“Mr Merlino should come and visit, but more importantly he should fund this $4 million upgrade in this month’s budget.”
Mr O’Brien said a petition in support of the upgrade was currently being circulated through Yarram and would be presented to Parliament next sitting week.
Mr O’Brien said the local community had shown clearly that it was behind the upgrade and Melbourne Labor should get onboard too.
“If Labor truly wants Victoria to be the education state it must ensure that country schools like Yarram are upgraded to meet modern standards,” he said.