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O’Brien secures commitment to finish Sale Specialist School

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has been given a commitment by the Minister for Education, James Merlino that the new Sale Specialist School will be built as planned.

Mr O’Brien went to the Minister immediately after it was revealed that there is a $1.5 million shortfall for the building project after the conclusion of the tender process.

“I know how hard the Sale community and the parents and teachers of the Sale Specialist School have worked to get this new school and I don’t want any of them to be disappointed,” Mr O’Brien said.

“As soon as I heard about this issue I went to Minister Merlino and he has now confirmed with me that the full project will be delivered.

“I am pleased that the Minister has given this commitment but it remains to be seen exactly how this will occur and whether it will lead to any delays or other changes to the project.

“I have impressed upon the Minister the need to ensure the new school is delivered in one stage so as to avoid students and staff moving into a half finished campus.  Clearly, having a construction site mixed with students with disabilities needs to be avoided.”

Mr O’Brien said the school community had worked hard to secure funding for the new school and had achieved support from both sides of politics.

“My colleague the Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull and I have worked hard on this project and we just want to see it delivered without any political point scoring,” he said.

“I look forward to the Minister outlining soon exactly how the additional funding will be delivered to this project to put the minds of the school community at ease.”

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