Sale College redevelopment must be funded

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says funding for the redevelopment of Sale College onto a new site must be provided in the State Budget this month.

Mr O’Brien said he was pleased to secure $3 million for master planning for Sale College in 2021 and it is time for the Andrews Labor Government to put the rest of the money on the table.

“I have been working with the College for at least six years on a plan to consolidate on to one site,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Our public school students deserve the best facilities we can offer them and both the current Sale campuses are in need of significant work. Having students spread across two different sites is not ideal from an educational perspective.

“I was very happy when the Government allocated money for master planning in 2021 and I understand plans have progressed significantly.  I was pleased to be able to make a commitment on behalf of The Nationals to building the new school at last year’s election.

“It is evident that the school, the Committee for Wellington and Wellington Shire support a new site in Cobains Road opposite the Gippsland Regional Sports Centre.

“There is a great opportunity now to get on a deliver a new school, but it is important to secure more funding to prevent this project from stalling.”

Mr O’Brien said he had received correspondence from the Minister for Education two years ago indicating that the Government also supported a new site for the consolidated campuses but it had so far failed to publicly identify a location or make a financial commitment to securing it.

“The Nationals committed to provide an initial $10 million allocation to purchase land for the greenfield site as well as early works and stage one of the new school build and I am urging the Andrews Labor Government to match and then go beyond that commitment in the upcoming Budget.”

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