No funding for South Barwon schools is a Matter of Public Importance

Andrew Katos, Member for South Barwon condemned the Andrews Government for failing to fund schools in the South Barwon electorate.

Mr Katos spoke in Parliament today in discussion on the Government Matter of Public Importance and raised concern about the lack of new funding for schools in South Barwon.

“The Andrews Labor government has broken its promise with regard to Armstrong Creek West Primary School with no funding allocated to buy land or build the school in the 2015/16 State Budget.

“The Napthine Government delivered for the Torquay community with the 2014 opening of the $37.5 million Surf Coast Secondary College for 900 students fulfilling our commitment to have full secondary education in Torquay.

Mr Katos also raised concern over the delay by the Daniel Andrews Government to open the Torquay North Primary School.

“The school was scheduled to have been operational at the start of 2017, but as yet not a sod has been turned. The Government is now saying that the school will be operational in term 1 2018 ,” Mr Katos said.

“This is unacceptable as it places further pressure on Torquay P6 College that has over 1025 pupils and Bellbrae Primary School with over 425 pupils.”

Mr Katos said the Napthine Government acquired land and made a budget allocation to construct primary schools at Torquay North, Armstrong Creek and build the Armstrong Creek Special School.

“These three schools were fully funded in the 2014/15 Victorian State Budget along with land purchased for a future new Secondary College in Armstrong Creek East.”

“Upgrades to Montpellier Primary School ($4.8M), Barwon Heads Primary School ($3.4M) and Roslyn Primary School  ($2.2M) were also all funded in the 2014/15 Victorian Budget.

Mr Katos advised that work was about to commence at Montpellier Primary School with $4.8 million funding provided by the Napthine Government for vital upgrades to their classrooms.

“Montpellier Primary School was in the former Geelong electorate and over 11 years was neglected by the Labor Government,” Mr Katos said.

“The Napthine Coalition also made election commitments of $3.96 million capital funding commitment to upgrade Bellaire Primary School, $6.4 million upgrade for Grovedale Secondary College, $1.135 million to Highton Primary School and $6.3 million to Belmont High School.”

Mr Katos said the Andrews Labor government has neglected the South Barwon school community and this is evident in the lack of funds available in the current 2015/16 Budget.