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Sep

State Government fails Forest Hill schools

 

State Member for Forest Hill, Neil Angus MP has this month called on the State Minister for Education to provide urgent capital funding for schools in his electorate of Forest Hill.

There are 21 schools in the Forest Hill State electorate, 17 of which are State schools.  They cover the suburbs of Blackburn South, Vermont, Vermont South, Burwood East and parts of Glen Waverley and Forest Hill.

“Many of these state schools are in desperate need of significant infrastructure works,” Mr Angus said in State Parliament on 11 September.

Mr Angus said Vermont Primary School, Vermont Secondary College, Orchard Grove Primary School, Livingstone Primary School, Highvale Primary School and Camelot Rise Primary School are the most in need of capital funding “just to name a few”.

“I have repeatedly called on the (State) government to provide funding to enable these schools, all of which are high performing and in demand, to improve their facilities and provide a satisfactory environment for students to learn and staff to work.

“Sadly for my community, the numerous deficiencies in the various schools’ buildings that have previously been brought to the attention of the Minister have been ignored.

“I am regularly contacted by school council members and various school parents who provide me with updates about the ongoing infrastructure issues at their schools,” Mr Angus said.

Prior to the last State Election in November 2018, the Liberal-Nationals committed capital funding of $7.25m to Forest Hill schools, including $4.8 million for Vermont Primary School, $2.2 million for Orchard Grove Primary School and $250K for Livingstone Primary School.

“Given that Labor has had their hands on the purse strings in Victoria for 16 of the last 20 years, it is clear that Labor has not properly funded schools in this area for a very long time,” Mr Angus said.

Recently released Australian Government data on school enrolment growth, reveals 14 of 21 Forest Hill schools have increased their student numbers from between 3 and 124 per cent* over the last 5 years.

Mr Angus is calling on any families who have children at State Government schools in the Forest Hill electorate and are concerned about the need for improvements at their child’s school, to contact him.

*See https://schools.education.gov.au/SchoolsHub

Media contact: Neil Angus MP 03 9877 5628 or neil.angus@parliament.vic.gov.au

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