Coali­tion prom­ises up­grade

Lib­eral Na­tion­als to up­grade Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ne­me­

THE Lib­eral Na­tional Coali­tion has of­fi­cially an­nounced it will match the La­bor Party’s July com­mit­ment to im­prove Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege.

Both par­ties have now said they will in­vest $9.4 mil­lion for much-needed class­room and fa­cil­ity up­grades at the school if elected at theNovem­ber 24 state elec­tion.

At the time of La­bor’s com­mit­ment it was also an­nounced that the govern­ment would pro­vide be­tween $800,000 and $1 mil­lion for pri­or­ity works to ad­dress im­me­di­ate main­te­nance and health and safety con­cerns at the school.

Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege’s mas­ter plan in­cludes a new sci­ence and re­source cen­tre, which will have two sci­ence lab­o­rato- ries, learn­ing spa­ces, com­mon ar­eas, sem­i­nar rooms and staff rooms.

The school com­mu­nity has been a driv­ing force to bring the school’s out­dated fa­cil­i­ties into the spotlight with their cam­paign Let’s Build up Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege.

The Coali­tion’s com­mit­ment was an­nounced by Shadow Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Tim Smith, and Bill Til­ley (MLA, Be­nam­bra) last Thurs­day when the pair were at Wodonga Mid­dle Years Col­lege promis­ing to in­vest $5 mil­lion to­wards a new vis­ual, tech­nol­ogy and per­form­ing arts cen­tre at the school’s Huon Cam­pus.

“I vis­ited Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege with Bill Til­ley late last year and saw first-hand the needs of the school and its stu­dents,” Mr Smith said.

“The Lib­eral Na­tion­als are com­mit­ted to re­de­vel­op­ing Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege and give lo­cal stu­dents ev­ery chance they need to pur­sue a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.”

Mr Til­ley said Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege was high on the Coali­tion’s pri­or­ity list prior to the last elec­tion.

He said stu­dent num­bers at Beech­worth had plum­meted as a re­sult of no ac­tion fol­low­ing the change of govern­ment.

“With an elected Lib­eral Na­tion­als Govern­ment, we’ll get back to ba­sics and take the pol­i­tics out of our chil­dren’s sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion,” Mr Til­ley said.

The Lib­eral Na­tion­als Coali­tion has also pre­vi­ously pledged to fix the fail­ing long drop toi­lets at Mid­dle In­digo Pri­mary.

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