Local upper house Labor MP, Harriet Shing, has again put her foot in her mouth after comments on local radio last week that schools in Gippsland had been “neglected”.
“Given Labor has been in government for 14 of the past 18 years, and we delivered three new schools locally in our four years, her comment highlights the deficiencies of her own government in East Gippsland,” said Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull.
Mr Bull said while in government, the former Liberal-National Coalition funded stage one of the Bairnsdale Secondary College and committed to stage two, built a new Toorloo Arm Primary School and also funded stage one of the new Sale Specialist School.
On radio, Ms Shing said:
“This is a region that has been neglected as far as school builds, upgrades and infrastructure are concerned”.
“Ms Shing is admitting that there are projects to be funded in the region – and the completion of the Bairnsdale Secondary College is one – but her government then decided to cut $87 million from schools funding to rural and regional Victoria in last Tuesday’s State Budget,” Mr Bull said.
Ms Shing also said on air that since being elected in 2014, she had been working with Wonthaggi Secondary College to ensure the Education Minister is aware of the upgrades that are needed at that school.
“Given she has said this, I really do hope these discussions are occurring at all schools in Gippsland that missed out on capital funding, and she is also talking to the Minister about Bairnsdale Secondary College,” he said.
Monday, May 8, 2017