Leongatha Sale Education Seaspray

Three local schools to receive infrastructure funding

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien says local students will benefit as three local schools receive additional funding for maintenance and upgrades.

Mr O’Brien said the funding for Araluen Primary School, Leongatha Primary School and Seaspray Primary School was needed for some very important infrastructure improvements.

“I congratulate Araluen, Leongatha and Seaspray Primary Schools on their successful applications for infrastructure funding that will go a long way to improve facilities in their school communities,” Mr O’Brien.

“Since being elected five months ago I have been visiting many schools in the electorate so I am aware of some of the maintenance challenges.  We have some great state schools in Gippsland but there are also many in need of more support.”

Araluen will receive $165,000, Leongatha $78,000 and Seaspray $15,000 as part of a $27 million package for renovations and refurbishment.

“I am disappointed however that the government has only allocated funding to three schools in my electorate, from the 153 schools funded through this latest round.

“To provide $27 million in infrastructure funding and only give Gippsland South $258,000 is pretty miserly.  Once again, country Victorians are disadvantaged by this city centric Government.”

Mr O’Brien said he made sure the Minister for Education, James Merlino was aware of the funding priorities for schools in Gippsland South.

“I have spoken at length in the Parliament and corresponded over many months with the Minister about the infrastructure needs of schools in my electorate,” he said.

“I have invited the Minister on a number of occasions to visit various schools in my electorate to see the need for himself, including the need for rebuilding Yarram Primary and completing the works at Korumburra and Leongatha Secondary Colleges.

“I will continue to advocate for these schools in the Parliament and directly with the Minister and I look forward to some further education projects being funded into the future.”

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