State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley has called on the Minister
for Education to commit to providing funding for construction of the Casey
Central East Primary School in this year’s State Budget.

Ms Graley said that Casey Central East Primary School is desperately needed to cater for
the growing local community as surrounding schools overflowed, with nearly 1000 students in each.

“Labor committed to building Casey Central East Primary School at the last State Election, however the Liberals have failed to match that commitment,”

“Funding was provided for land acquisition in the 2011 State Budget, yet no further funding for design or construction was provided in last year’s budget, leaving Casey Central East Primary School facing an uncertain future,”

“Construction at the estate in which the new school site is located is well underway and
families have already begun to move in,”

“Yet where there should be a new school, there will be an empty paddock,”

“This may be news to the Minister, but children cannot attend school in a paddock.”

Ms Graley said that the Minister should explain to the many young families moving into the estate, why his government had failed to build Casey Central East Primary School.

“We have already seen the devastating results of the savage cuts made to our education system by the Baillieu Government and local families cannot afford more of the same from Dr Napthine,”

“Local schools are at or near capacity and urgently need relief that Casey Central East Primary School will provide,”

“It is time this Government made education a priority and delivered Casey Central East Primary School for local families.”