education infrastructure | April 21, 2016
Bath calls for Korumburra Secondary rebuild
Thursday 21 April 2016
Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath has called on the Melbourne Labor Government to fund stage two of the rebuild of Korumburra Secondary College in the upcoming budget.
Speaking in Parliament Ms Bath said the students were currently being taught in dilapidated classrooms that no longer met the needs of today’s curriculum.
“The staff at Korumburra do a fantastic job in providing quality education to their students however the conditions they have to teach in do not provide the best learning environment,” Ms Bath said.
“Whilst having dedicated staff is very important, the environment in which the students and the staff learn is detracted from by having 80-year-old buildings with classrooms that leak and without modern technology.”
Ms Bath said Education Minister James Merlino had visited the school and witnessed first-hand how desperately a rebuilt was needed, however there was still no indication the government was committed to providing funding in the budget.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien echoed Ms Bath’s comments and agreed it was now time for Melbourne Labor to fund the rebuild.
“The Nationals in Government provided $5.6 million to plan and build stage one of the upgrade, and made a pre-election commitment of $9 million to complete the rebuild. Tenders will be let for stage one soon, but it would be ideal to have stage two funding in place as well,” Mr O’Brien said.
“James Merlino now needs have the vision of the former Coalition Government and provide the funding to fully complete the rebuild.”
Ms Bath said it was important the funding be allocated in this budget, as not only did the school provide an education for students in Korumburra, but was also attended by students from Loch, Nyora, Poowong and surrounding areas.
“This town is the hub for education for those growing towns and our local families need to be assured that their children will have access to great facilities now and into the future.”
CAPTION: The Nationals’ Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien and Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath with petitions signed by the community calling on the Melbourne Labor Government to allocate funds to complete the Korumburra Secondary rebuild.