Member for Northern Victoria Region, Candy Broad has called on the Minister for Education, Mr Martin Dixon to provide funding to complete the Wallan Secondary College building plan in the May 2012 State Budget.
In Parliament last night, Ms Broad reminded the Parliament that almost one year ago, in the lead-up to the May 2011 State Budget, she called on the Members of the Liberal-Nationals Coalition Government to put up the money for the school building plan.
“Today I am again calling on the Government to make funding available to finish the Wallan Secondary College building plan as a priority in the Budget because it refused to do so in last year's Budget”, Ms Broad said.
“When in Opposition, a Member for Northern Victoria Region, Mrs Petrovich, was quick to criticise the former Government for any delays in funding earlier stages of the new school, built with funds allocated through Labor budgets”.
“In Government, Mrs Petrovich is conspicuously silent on the subject of her Government even committing funding to finish Wallan Secondary College, let alone the need to allocate funding in the May 2012 State Budget”, Ms Broad said.
“The Member for Seymour in the Assembly, Ms McLeish, has been keen to talk about election funding for sports fields at Wallan Secondary College, but she is deafeningly silent on whether she supports allocating funding in the State Budget for finishing the building plan”
“This matters because the Minister for Education has admitted that the Baillieu Government's list of priorities for school building works was drawn up by Liberal and Nationals members, but Ms McLeish has not put Wallan Secondary College on the list”, she said.
“Priorities also matter because in last year's Budget the Baillieu Government slashed Labor's commitment of $1.7 billion for school building works to just $208 million”.