Education | August 10, 2017

Kealy – no funding for Baimbridge College

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP is disappointed Baimbridge College has once again missed out on State government funding in this year’s budget.

The College was one of 35 schools to share in $12 million for planning in 2016-17, however no money has been allocated to undertake capital works.

Ms Kealy has again written to the Hon James Merlino MP, Minister for Education urging him to allocate funding for the redevelopment of the college in the 2018 budget.

Ms Kealy was seeking funding to undertake urgent repairs to a number of buildings which cannot be used because of their poor condition and to allow consolidation of the school on one site, eliminating significant safety concerns due to the two campuses currently being separated by a major road.

“It is disappointing that the Minister has now confirmed that the Andrews Labor Government has no interest in the project and Baimbridge College will get no funding this year,” Ms Kealy said.

“The Andrews Labor Government needs to understand the importance of ensuring rural and regional Victorians have access to quality education and it’s disappointing they have no plans to deliver infrastructure funding for Bainbridge College.

“All young people deserve quality learning environments, whether they live in the city or the country, and it is important our students and teachers are supported with first-class facilities,” she said.

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