Education | June 07, 2018

Labor disappoints as Baimbridge College misses out again

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP spoke in Parliament today about the Andrews Labor Government failing to provide desperately needed funds to redevelop Baimbridge College.

“This is a huge blow for the Baimbridge College community that have been working hard to secure funding, especially when the College was promised funding by the Education Department less than six months ago,” she said.

The College missed out on funding in the 2017-18 State budget and now the 2018-19 State budget, despite being one of 35 schools to share in $12 million for planning in 2016-17.

Ms Kealy has made numerous representations to the Andrews Labor Government urging them to allocate funding for redevelopment works.

Ms Kealy has personally visited the school on many occasions and has seen firsthand the need for repairs to a number of school buildings which cannot be used because of their poor condition.

Funding 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, is also desperately needed.

“It is extremely disappointing for the Hamilton community that Baimbridge College has once again been totally overlooked, especially after Department bureaucrats announced the funding in November 2017,” Ms Kealy said.

Adding to this frustration is Labor’s Victorian School Building Authority website, which has the College located in Brunswick and a Year 9-12 College when it is actually Year 7-12.

“Daniel Andrews own Government website puts Baimbridge College in Brunswick demonstrating his complete lack of understanding and interest in this fabulous school and its desperate need for redevelopment,” Ms Kealy said.

“The Liberal Nationals believe 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.

“We must be able to give local people and our local children access to the very best educational services and opportunities and I will continue to fight for a better deal for quality education in our region,” she said.

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