GOOD things are happening at Korumburra Secondary College, says acting principal John Wilson, despite the school missing out in last week’s state budget.
Mr Wilson says he was “optimistic” that the State Government would allocate funds in its 2018/19 budget to complete the rebuild of the school, after the school’s Community Engagement Committee discussed the project with both sides of politics over the last 12 months, and collected hundreds of signatures on a petition calling on the government to “fund the completion of the Korumburra Secondary College rebuild project as a matter of priority”.
“The petition went in and was tabled at parliament but obviously we weren’t in the budget,” Mr Wilson said.
“We know that we have actively promoted our situation and we’re optimistic that in the near future we’ll have the opportunity to do Stage 2.
“We’re sure the politicians will keep us in mind. We know that they’re aware of our current situation and they’ll be doing what they can to support us into the future.”
With the building project on hold for now, Mr Wilson says the school council and Community Engagement Committee would be looking at other ways to promote positive change within the school.
A community garden project is in the works, and the school has recently put in place a 2 and 3km cross country course and launched a weekly ‘School Run’ to promote school connectedness and healthy lifestyle.
The brainchild of Ange Croatto, 120 students participated in the optional lunchtime activity when it launched a couple of weeks ago, and students have also been involved in organisation, promotion and data collection.
The cross-country course will also feature some permanent exercise stations in the future, as part of this year’s school captains’ legacy project.
The school has also secured funding from the South Gippsland Shire Council (subject to council approval at the June 2018 meeting) for much needed upgrades to the footpath linking the school to the township of Korumburra.
O’Brien “bitterly disappointed”
Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien assisted Korumburra Secondary College and Foster Primary School in campaigning for funding ahead of the budget’s release, and said he was “bitterly disappointed” the Labor Government had “overlooked” the two schools.
“The communities of both of these schools have worked incredibly hard campaigning for state government support and they will be disappointed that they have again been overlooked.
“I have worked with these schools to lobby for funding for upgrades and have tabled petitions in Parliament with hundreds of signatures from locals supporting Korumburra and over 1000 supporting a rebuild of Foster.”
Mr O’Brien said Korumburra Secondary College remained a high priority for him and he would “continue to work hard to ensure stage two is funded irrespective of who wins the election”.