Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today met with representatives of the Hill End Community to hear their frustration at being kept in the dark about the outcome of a review regarding the future use of the former Hill End Primary School.
‘This issue has now been dragging on for months and the lack of information about the review into the former Hill End Primary School site has led many to believe the Andrews Labor Government will not keep this asset in community hands,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘For the past 10 years the Hill End Community Inc has used the former Hill End Primary School for meeting space and as a community hub to bring locals together.
‘This site is invaluable to locals with many events, markets, public holidays and community activities being held annually and it is essential the community know the outcome of this review process ,’ said Mr Blackwood.
Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath has also advocated strongly on behalf of the Hill End community and said a petition organised by the local community had been well supported and she hoped its presentation to the Victorian Parliament next week would finally see some action on the issue.
‘More than 425 local residents have signed a petition calling on the Andrews Labor Government to do the right thing and keep this asset for future use by the local community,’ said Ms Bath.
‘That is a significant number for a community of this size.
‘The former Hill End Primary School site has been exceptionally maintained and utilised by the local community and without their involvement the site would have fallen into disrepair years ago.
‘Local residents and the Hill End Community Inc are rightly fed up with the process and the time has come for Minister James Merlino and the Andrews Labor Government to come clean with their intentions for this site.
‘This is an integral part of the local community and local residents deserve to know sooner rather than later if it is to be sold out from underneath them by Daniel Andrews,’ said Ms Bath.