Money push for college growth
Member for Lowan Emma Kealy believes a lack of State Government commitment is holding up progress at Longerenong College near Horsham.
Ms Kealy said she was disappointed the government had yet to provide funding assurances for the next stage of redevelopment works at the agricultural school.
The college’s next project, based on a response to student demand, is major refurbishment of an agribusiness centre.
“The Liberal-national Coalition provided $2-million in funding to Longerenong College in 2014 to refurbish 108 student rooms and six disabled-access rooms,” Ms Kealy said.
“The Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert was full of praise for the project during a visit to the facility early last year.
“So it is very disappointing that he has not seen fit to announce funding for the refurbishment of the agribusiness centre project.
“The Labor government is always talking about the importance of partnerships to provide meaningful opportunities for local people.
“Yet they have failed to provide vital funding for this important project, which would cement the Wimmera’s reputation as a centre of excellence for agricultural production, training and research.”
Ms Kealy said student numbers at the college continued to grow, which had forced the historic institution to cap student numbers from 2015.
“The increase in student enrolments is a credit to the management and staff and demonstrates the ongoing demand for the agricultural courses the college offers,” she said.
“Students and teachers deserve access to firstclass facilities whether they are studying in the city or the country.
“I am calling on the government to immediately fund the redevelopment of Longerenong’s agribusiness centre.”