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Neil Angus MP slams Andrews’ Government over State Budget neglect of Forest Hill

Member for Forest Hill, Mr Neil Angus MP, today slammed the Andrews’ Government investment in schools in the Forest Hill electorate for the 2015/16 State Budget as very disappointing.

Today’s State Budget has provided $5 million to upgrade facilities at Highvale Secondary College in Glen Waverley.

“Whilst I welcome the Government’s promised investment in Highvale Secondary College, this State Budget has effectively turned its back on the needs of other schools in my electorate,” Mr Angus said.

“Highvale Secondary College was the only school in the Forest Hill electorate to receive funding in the recent budget.  Whilst this is terrific news for the College, a closer inspection of the Government’s commitment reveals that the majority of the funding will not be allocated until after the 2015/16 financial year, with the estimated completion date being over 3 years away in the 2017/18 financial year,” Mr Angus said.

“It is also disappointing to note that every primary school in my electorate has also missed out on capital funding.

“During the last Parliament, the Victorian Coalition Government invested over $11.9 million towards capital and maintenance improvements in our local schools.  Furthermore, the previous Coalition Government committed to invest a further $6.7 million into local schools, including $4.5 million to rebuild Vermont Primary School, $1.8 million to upgrade Orchard Grove Primary School and $434,000 to refurbish Highvale Primary School.

“After 11 years of neglect during the previous Labor governments, I have no doubt the residents of Forest Hill will be extremely disappointed in this meagre investment in our local area.

“The Andrews’ Government Budget has failed to provide for much-needed capital works at our local primary schools.  It is very disappointing,”  Mr Angus said.

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