Liberal Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today announced that a re-elected Napthine Government will provide $3 million for a major upgrade of Neerim District Secondary College.
Speaking at the school, Mr Blackwood said the Victorian Coalition Government’s pledge to upgrade the college demonstrated its longstanding commitment to continually improve local schools and education facilities right across regional Victoria.
‘Neerim District Secondary College has largely remained unchanged since its establishment in 1963 and the commitment today will allow the school to upgrade classrooms including those that have not seen major works since the college first opened,’ said Mr Blackwood.
‘Students and teachers deserve the best facilities we can offer them and I am pleased the Victorian Coalition Government is making this election commitment today to support the school community to help deliver better outcomes.
‘I’ve worked closely with the Neerim District Secondary College to help secure this commitment and strongly believe that the funding will address many areas of need for the school,’ Mr Blackwood said.
Mr Blackwood said the commitment built on the already delivered $300,000 Delzoppo Science and Technology Learning Centre, which was opened at the college in 2013 by the Minister for Education, Martin Dixon.
‘The Delzoppo Science and Technology Learning Centre was the first step in improving facilities at the College and has been warmly welcomed by students and teachers,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘Building on that investment through this election commitment is essential for the future of the College.’
The announcement follows commitments of $7 million for an upgrade of Warragul Regional College and $2 million for Moe Albert Street Primary School to upgrade classrooms and deliver security fencing.
Mr Blackwood said the Napthine Government was building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.
Labor can’t even get its basic sums right on the cost of building new schools and their credibility on education infrastructure is in tatters,’ Mr Blackwood said.