$3 mil­lion up­grade promised for col­lege

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

An elected Lib­eral Na­tion­als state govern­ment will de­liver a $3 mil­lion up­grade to Neerim Dis­trict Se­condary Col­lege.

Shadow ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Tim Smith joined Mem­ber for Nar­ra­can Gary Black­wood at the col­lege yes­ter­day.

Mr Black­wood said the col­lege had re­mained largely un­changed since its es­tab­lish­ment in 1963 and the com­mit­ment will al­low the school to up­grade a range of class­rooms and modernise the learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment to achieve the best out­come pos­si­ble for stu­dents.

He said a new sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy learn­ing cen­tre, named af­ter for­mer Mem­ber for Nar­ra­can John Del­zoppo, was funded by the Bail­lieu govern­ment in 2013 and this $3 mil­lion com­mit­ment would build on that in­vest­ment.

“Stu­dents and teach­ers de­serve the best fa­cil­i­ties we can of­fer them and this com­mit­ment to­day will pro­vide in­vest­ment that will en­hance the high qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion cur­rently be­ing de­liv­ered.

“Most of the build­ings at Neerim Dis­trict Se­condary Col­lege re­flect the era of the 1960s and the time has come to pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment to modernise the fa­cil­i­ties.

“I’ve worked tire­lessly with the school to se­cure this com­mit­ment,” Mr Black­wood said.

Mr Smith said premier Daniel An­drews and his Mel­bourne cen­tric govern­ment had ig­nored ru­ral and re­gional Vic­to­ria.

“We will en­sure re­gional school com­mu­ni­ties re­ceive the at­ten­tion they de­serve and this an­nounce­ment to­day is just one small step towards a bet­ter fu­ture for re­gional schools,” he said.

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