Kealy push for War­rackn­abeal

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Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has con­tin­ued an ex­haus­tive ef­fort to get more State Gov­ern­ment ac­tion on the War­rackn­abeal Education Precinct project by again rais­ing the is­sue in par­lia­ment.

Ms Kealy delivered a pas­sion­ate speech in State Par­lia­ment, ex­press­ing out­rage at the gov­ern­ment’s ‘fail­ure to pro­vide fund­ing nec­es­sary to com­plete the project’.

“I am just so an­gry that La­bor has again failed to fund this vi­tal project,” she said.

“This year’s bud­get has been ab­so­lutely dev­as­tat­ing for schools in the Lowan elec­torate and, in fact, schools right across coun­try Vic­to­ria.

“In War­rackn­abeal we have a sit­u­a­tion where we have one-third of a spe­cial devel­op­ment school and half of the sec­ondary college built – and two failed bud­gets by La­bor to fix the mess they have created.

“The spe­cial devel­op­ment school has had to cut back spe­cific, spe­cialised education pro­grams for its stu­dents be­cause of this fi­asco.

“At the sec­ondary college there are cracks in the walls you can fit a fist in, pos­sum urine leak­ing through the ceil­ing and stu­dents ex­posed ev­ery day to an abun­dance of high-risk

as­bestos that La­bor promised to re­move by 2020 but has still not funded.

“We have the best lab­o­ra­tory and sci­ence lab in Vic­to­ria all set up at the half-built college but it can’t be used be­cause the stu­dents can’t re­lo­cate to the new site.

“These are the next gen­er­a­tion of nurses, agron­o­mists and doc­tors in our re­gion and La­bor is let­ting them down by not giv­ing them the best pos­si­ble ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Ms Kealy gave credit to the War­rackn­abeal peo­ple run­ning a ‘fin­ish what you started’ pub­lic­ity cam­paign.

“Un­for­tu­nately the de­ci­sion to not fund the War­rackn­abeal Education Precinct is all about La­bor’s val­ues and pri­or­i­ties – and coun­try Vic­to­ria isn’t one of them,” she said.

“Our sec­ondary and SDS stu­dents are miss­ing out in War­rackn­abeal and La­bor has done noth­ing but simply turn their backs on this fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity.

“It is ab­so­lutely dis­grace­ful the peo­ple of War­rackn­abeal are be­ing pe­nalised be­cause they have Daniel An­drews as premier.”

A full tran­script of Ms Kealy’s par­lia­men­tary speech is avail­able on­line at em­makealy.com/mat­ter­s_of_pub­lic_im­por­tance_ ed­u­ca­tion_­fund­ing.

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