I write to update readers on the work underway to ensure the Korumburra Secondary College rebuild is best placed to receive funding in this month’s State Budget.
I recently visited the school and met with the principal Abigail Graham and again saw first-hand the ageing and deteriorating buildings.
The general state of repair of the school leaves a lot to be desired.
Abigail and the staff do a magnificent job providing the quality of education that they do, but despite their best efforts, it’s not a conducive environment for students to learn in.
These students need to be educated in a facility that is much more contemporary.
Korumburra Secondary College services not only Korumburra, but communities such as Loch, Nyora and Poowong, where the population is growing.
These families need to be assured that their children will have access to a facility that caters for their needs now, and into the future.
Lobbying the Labor Government to secure the vital funds to complete the rebuild has been one of my priorities since being elected as The Nationals Member for Gippsland South in mid-March.
Earlier this year I launched a petition calling on Labor’s Education Minister James Merlino to fund the completion of the school as a matter of priority.
While in Korumburra I collected a pile of petitions; however it is not too late for people to sign the petition. Those wanting to sign should contact my office on 5144 1987.
The community will know that the former Coalition Government committed $5.6 million towards Stage 1 and made an election commitment to the tune of $9 million to fund the remainder of the rebuild.
Labor now needs to come to the party in the May State Budget and provide the funds needed to complete the rebuild.
I urge the Labor Government not to forget the students of Korumburra Secondary College and continue the Coalition’s plan for the redevelopment.
Danny O’Brien, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South.