Gary Blackwood, Member for Narracan, has called on the Andrews Labor Government to support both the Hill End and Yarragon communities by ending the uncertainty at two former school sites that have been marked for sale as surplus to Government needs.
‘The battle to retain the former Hill End Primary School site for community use is still ongoing,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘The Hill End community deserve to continue to use this asset as they have for the past 10 years to enhance community engagement and encourage visitors to the area.
‘This has been the hallmark of and has underpinned the success of activities conducted on this site by the dedicated management team of hardworking, selfless community members.
‘The Andrews Government must see sense, rubber-stamp this public asset for ongoing community use and end the stress and worry for the Hill End community.
Yarragon residents have also raised concerns about the sale of the former Yarragon Primary School site arguing once the prime location is sold, it would greatly inhibit future expansion of public space in the town which was rapidly growing.
‘The former Yarragon Primary School site is also at a crossroads and is listed for sale by the Andrews Government.
‘The site of 4 acres within 100 meters of the CBD presents an enormous opportunity to enhance the livability of this growing community.
‘A new, larger site for the Country Fire Authority is required along with extra parking and community space.
‘If this site is sold for private development, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide a significant community asset in a perfect location will be lost forever,’ said Mr Blackwood.