State Member for Forest Hill, Neil Angus MP has criticised the Andrews Labor Government’s 2020/21 State Budget, for failing to address the backlog of school infrastructure projects urgently needed for Forest Hill schools.
“Whilst it is good that there is some capital funding to upgrade facilities at Burwood East Primary School, Vermont Secondary College and Vermont South Special School in this year’s Budget, I am extremely disappointed that Labor’s neglect of Forest Hill schools since 2014, means that several schools will again miss out on capital funding needed to address significant increases in student enrolments and ageing infrastructure.
“Over the course of the last two State Elections, Labor has refused to match election commitments by the Liberal Nationals to undertake significant building works at Vermont Primary School and at Orchard Grove Primary School in Blackburn South, both of which have again been overlooked in this budget.
“Disappointingly, Labor has also ignored multiple requests by Livingstone Primary School in Vermont South for an on-site staff carpark, as well as calls by Camelot Rise Primary School for synthetic re-surfacing of their oval, due to it being a safety risk for students.
“It is a very mean-spirited thing, in my view, that the Government has failed to fund these much-needed projects for Forest Hill students.
“What the logic of the Andrews Labor Government is, is yet to be determined, but it is very, very disappointing that Labor have neglected schools that have got significant needs with facilities that desperately need to be fixed up.
“Shaun Leane MP and the Andrews Labor Government need to realise that educating our children is far too important to play politics with. Forest Hill students and families deserve better from this Government,” Mr Angus said.
Neil Angus MP
State Member for Forest Hill
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