Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy recently spoke in Parliament highlighting his concerns about the Andrews Government’s 2021-22 budget skipping regional schools within the Ovens Valley region.
In Parliament Mr McCurdy said, “There is plenty of money being spent on education in Melbourne and not enough in our regional towns.
“When we review the budget and consider $1.6 billion is going towards education; by being divided by 88 Member seats at $18 million a seat – the Ovens Valley will not be getting $18 million, nor even half of that.
“If at all, the Ovens Valley might get 10% of this budget to patch up a few walls and a few holes in some of our schools, but not nearly as much as they so desperately need.”
He continued, “Previously I secured nearly $8 million in 2013-14 to build stage 2 of the Yarrawonga P-12 School, but since Labor has come to power there has been nothing but long waits for the final stages of its completion.
“Although there has been a big hype around areas such as Shepparton and the new super school, the Andrews Government needs to ensure that our smaller towns are still looked after when it comes to the education of our children.”
Mr McCurdy will continue to call for more funding and the completion of the Yarrawonga P-12 School works in Parliament.