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The school community has been a driving force to bring the school’s outdated facilities into the spotlight with their campaign Let’s Build up Beechworth Secondary College.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