Education | April 15, 2016

Shadow Minister returns to visit local schools

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP will visit local schools in the region next week with Shadow Minister for Education, Hon. Nick Wakeling MP to see firsthand the need for urgent funding.

“The Shadow Minister for Education is returning to the Lowan Electorate to give our school Principals the opportunity to highlight the need for urgent school infrastructure funding, and to show the Shadow Minister the fantastic education opportunities and services being delivered locally,” Ms Kealy said.

Emma Kealy and Nick Wakeling will tour the region over two days to listen to Principals and staff regarding the desperate need for school infrastructure funding across the region.

Emma Kealy is calling on the Andrews Labor Government to match the Coalitions 2014 pre-election commitments to provide a better quality learning environment for students as well as better facilities to support our teachers.

“I’ve raised the need for the Minister for Education, James Merlino, to urgently fund all school building projects that the Nationals-Liberal Government had prioritised for redevelopment. This includes $1.2 million to refurbish the Dimboola Secondary College, $8 million for a new education precinct in Warracknabeal and $2 million to refurbish buildings at Baimbridge College in Hamilton” Ms Kealy said.

“The Andrews Labor Government needs to understand the importance of ensuring rural and regional Victorians have access to educational facilities which enable the delivery of high quality education” Ms Kealy said.

“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.”  

“Maintaining quality educational facilities will help to attract new families to the region, and will to help to ensure our country communities will grow and prosper.”

Nick Wakeling, Shadow Minister for Education said that he is looking forward to returning to the Lowan Electorate this year to meet with school Principals and to give them a chance to highlight some of the great facilities and programs there are in the region.

Emma Kealy and Nick Wakeling will be visiting the following schools:

  • Casterton Secondary College
  • Baimbridge College, Hamilton
  • Hamilton and District Skills Centre
  • Balmoral Community College
  • Horsham College
  • Dimboola Secondary School
  • Warracknabeal Primary School, site for proposed education precinct and will include Principals from the Warracknabeal Secondary College and Special Development School
  • Murtoa College
  • Pomonal Primary School
  • Halls Gap Primary School
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