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Korumburra Secondary rebuild petition tabled

The need for funding to rebuild Korumburra Secondary College has been highlighted in Parliament this week with a petition tabled calling on the Melbourne Labor Government to fund the upgrade.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said the school was in a state of disrepair and urgently needed to be rebuilt.

“Neglected by previous Labor governments for many years, the former Coalition Government provided $5.6 million for the planning and first stage of works at the college,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Education Minister James Merlino needs to have the vision of the Coalition Government and provide the necessary funds to complete the job."

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath, who presented the petition to Parliament, said staff did a great job providing a quality education to students, but despite their best efforts, the current condition was not a conducive environment to learn in.

“As a teacher, I know that the environment students are learning in greatly influences their educational outcomes and these students need a facility that is much more contemporary,” Ms Bath said.

“The 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.”

Mr O’Brien said the community would know that in addition to the $5.6 million for stage one, the Coalition Government made an election commitment of $9 million to fund the remainder of the rebuild.

“Labor now needs to come to the party and provide the funds to complete a new school,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It’s not fair that the students of Korumburra Secondary College are overlooked by Melbourne Labor just because they live in the country.”