Ryan seeks funds for school
State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan is calling on the Victorian Government to immediately provide funding to progress Benalla P-12 College’s redevelopment.
Ms Ryan said funding was desperately needed to redevelop the college with the first stage of the redevelopment due for completion by the end of this year.
‘‘The Andrews Labor Government has critically underfunded Benalla College,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘The school has no certainty on when funding for the next stage of the rebuild will be allocated.’’
Ms Ryan said she had visited the school on many occasions and seen first-hand how desperately school buildings needed to be repaired.
‘‘I have spoken many times in Parliament about the difficulties the school faces with out-ofdate facilities and classrooms that are riddled with asbestos and mould,’’ she said.
‘‘I have also met with the school’s new principal Tony Clark and school council president Michael Plex to discuss the school’s needs.
‘‘Benalla students, parents and teachers deserve a better deal than the one Labor has given them.
‘‘I will keep fighting for funding for the school, so local kids have the very best educational opportunities.’’
At the 2014 election, the Nationals made a $15 million commitment to rebuild the school, in addition to the $5 million that was put aside in the 2012-13 budget.
Ms Ryan said Labor refused to honour that commitment, leaving the school in limbo.
However, in 2016, a further $3.5 million was allocated, allowing stage one of the rebuild to start.
Faithfull push: Benalla P-12 College School Council president Micheal Plex and Member for Euroa Steph Ryan are calling on the Victorian Government to commit funds to continue the Faithfull St redevelopment.