Member of Lions Club – State Parliament
A Liberal Nationals Government will provide the $15 million required to complete the new Bairnsdale Secondary College.
Shadow Minister for Education Tim Smith and Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull today announced the Liberal Nationals would fund the Stage Two works at the region’s largest school, if elected in November.
Mr Bull said he believed this was the biggest priority for our region at the present time.
“The former Liberal Nationals government funded and completed the first stage of upgrades at the College and I’m pleased to be here today delivering on our promise to finish what we started,” Mr Bull said.
“The structural deficiencies of the ageing buildings, flooding and mould have been of significant concern for the College council and leadership team and also very costly to repair, only to be re-damaged when it rains.”
These buildings will be replaced in Stage Two.
“Unfortunately Labor has ignored this project and despite promising to visit after invitations from both myself and the school council, the Minister has not bothered to make time in the past four years, which is deplorable,” Mr Bull said.
Mr Smith said despite the vital need for upgrades, Labor continued to ignore calls from the school and community to fund Stage Two.
“This is a great school achieving great things for the East Gippsland community, but students and teachers have continually been let down by a city-centric Labor Government which has failed to provide our future leaders with a quality learning environment,” he said.
Mr Bull said with a growing number of students attending the school, and the problems with leaks and ageing buildings only getting worse, the works were desperately needed.
“Both myself and the school council have continually raised these issues, so Labor’s failure to show any interest has certainly not been due to lack of awareness,” he said.
“The Minister said in February 2015 he would come to the school when his diary permitted, but three and a half years later we are still waiting, which just proves again how little regard Daniel Andrews and his Labor Government have for our community.”
Thursday, August 30, 2018