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.