March 26, 2014  |  Members Statement

Kyneton Schools

Mr  HOWARD  (Ballarat  East)— Yesterday I joined with  the  Leader  of  the Opposition  and the Labor candidate  for Macedon, Mary-Anne  Thomas, at Kyneton, where we were able to  announce that if elected to government in November, Labor will  provide $11.5  million to build a new primary school next to the secondary school. This will enable the Kyneton  education plan, developed under  Labor, to become a reality. With no  progress on this plan  being made over the last  four years of the Baillieu-Napthine  government, this news was  very well received by the members of the school community  present.  The challenge is for the Napthine government to match this offer.

The secondary school was devastated  earlier this  year by the removal of two of the  four portable  buildings which had been built together to form the  years 7 and 8 learning centre.

Kyneton deserves better and should be provided with a funding commitment in this coming  Napthine  budget for significant  upgrade works at  the secondary school site. I call on the Premier to commit to supporting state education in Kyneton.