Students at Warragul Regional College will enjoy new modern buildings on campus thanks to a $5.8 million funding boost but the opposition believe the decision was prompted after the institution was forgotten in the previous state budget.
In a speech made to Warragul Regional College, Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing, said the $5.8 million funding from the 2016/17 Victorian budget will upgrade the school’s aging facilities help modernise learning spaces.
“I know Warragul Regional College is doing great work and this funding will help it become even better”, Ms Shing said.
“Students deserve more than the aging and outdated facilities we have now.”
In a statement, Minister for Education, James Merlino, said better facilities at Warragul Regional College will mean better outcomes for students.
“We’re making Victoria the Education State where every child has access to a great education and can achieve their potential”, Mr Merlino said.
However, according to Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, Warragul Regional College is one of four local schools that are now being granted upgrades after being ignored in the previous state budget.
Mr Blackwood said many of the upgrades to schools in the West Gippsland region won’t be seen until 2018-19.
“(Labor’s) recent announcement of funding for local schools is just reward for those school communities who were forgotten by Labor.”
Mr Blackwood believes the Andrews Government has once again ignored his electorate in their latest state budget.
“It is disappointing that a number of key election projects across the Narracan electorate have again missed out including Moe Albert Street Primary who are in desperate need of building upgrades and security fencing, the final stage of Trafalgar High School redevelopment and Neerim District Secondary College.”
Throughout Victoria, hundreds of new school infrastructure projects are now underway.
According to Ms Shing, the recently announced funding in education is the “latest step in making Victoria the Education State” to ensure every student has the opportunity to fulfil their potential and access a school with great facilities.”