October 18, 2017  |  Adjournment

Buninyong electorate schools

MR HOWARD (Buninyong) (23:57:11) — (13 308) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education. I ask the minister to take action to support building programs planned for two of the non-government schools in the Buninyong electorate. I have three non-government secondary schools in the electorate of Buninyong, being Damascus College Ballarat, Ballarat Christian College and Ballarat Steiner School. I am aware that two of these have sought funding from the state government under the non-government schools capital funding program.

I have had a long relationship with Damascus College, having been a former teacher at Sacred Heart College, one of the college’s precursor schools. Having been on the board of the college some years ago I think it is a great school. I note that over recent years they have consolidated all of their school onto the one site of Mount Helen and have had an extensive building program associated with that. As their numbers continue to increase they are planning further building to cost a total of $2.5 million, so they are seeking $1 million from the state government to support their building program. I know it is a great school that would greatly benefit from this funding to ensure the school is further upgraded.

The Ballarat Steiner School is out near Buninyong township just off the Midland Highway. It is also a great school offering a different form of education, and it has been growing remarkably over the last 10 years in particular. I am pleased to see that they are planning further construction because their numbers are building. I understand they are seeking something like $630 000 to help to extend the building works at that school. It is a school I have been pleased to visit over recent years and to have a look at the growth in that school in terms of its buildings. I certainly commend both projects to the minister.

Mr R. Smith — On a point of order, Speaker, I put to you that the thieving member for Tarneit’s contribution —

The SPEAKER — Order! There is no point of order.

Mr R. Smith interjected.

The SPEAKER — Order! The member will resume his seat. There is no point of order.