Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today welcomed the Andrews Government announcement of $27 million in targeted school capital funding but said it does not go far enough for local schools in Narracan.
“Today the Minister for Education James Merlino announced $27 million to fund 330 buildings at 153 schools across the state, and only $380,000, or 1.4% of that will be at schools in my electorate of Narracan,” Mr Blackwood said.
While this is a very welcome investment for the successful schools, it’s disappointing to see schools in desperate need of funding are left on their own under Daniel Andrews and his government.”
Mr Blackwood said that the former Victorian Government at the 2014 election had outlined a strong plan for the delivery of funding to a range of local schools but that commitment had not been matched by the current Andrews Government leaving many schools high and dry to fend for themselves in dealing with maintenance issues and ageing infrastructure.
“At the 2014 State Election the Victorian Coalition committed to $15 million in upgrades at local schools including Warragul Regional College, Trafalgar High School, Neerim District Secondary College and Moe Albert Street Primary School.
“These schools were ignored during the election by the then Opposition, ignored again in the May Budget and now again forgotten in this infrastructure boost by the Andrews Government.
“The Minister for Education has continually stated that the Andrews Government is about developing Victoria as an ‘education state’, however the funding announced to date has not shown that in my electorate of Narracan.
“1.4% of $27 million just doesn’t cut it,” Mr Blackwood said.
Schools that will receive funding from today’s announcement are;
- Drouin Secondary College – $289,000
- Drouin South Primary School – $88,000
- Longwarry Primary School – $5,000
- Ripplebrook Primary School – $8,000