Ryan seeks funds for school

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

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.

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