Labor commits to local schools

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘An investment in knowledge pays the best interest’. If an Andrews Labor government is elected in November that investment will certainly be evident in my electorate of Narre Warren South, because Victorian Labor has committed to doing something the Napthine government has repeatedly failed to do — that is, commit funding to improving education in my electorate.

Victorian Labor has committed $5 million for Hampton Park Primary School to
upgrade the school office, toilets, staff facilities, art, library, and computer room, and to build a new science discovery centre. That is great news for a community that sadly often feels overlooked, but not by Victorian Labor.

Victorian Labor has also committed $100 000 for Berwick Fields Primary School to build an Eco-Cubby.

The Eco-Cubby, designed in part by students, will provide an exciting, hands-on learning environment for students to learn more about sustainability and our environment. This commitment will ensure that the outstanding team at Berwick Fields Primary School can continue its fine work in teaching our young people about the importance of caring for our environment.

These two announcements are terrific news for the community and will ensure that the kids and staff at Hampton Park Primary School and Berwick Fields Primary School will get the best school facilities and the education opportunities that they rightly deserve. For all their dedication, principals Leonie King and Steve Wigney deserve our support

I have advocated for capital works at Hampton Park Primary School for some time, but the Minister for Education has rejected any claims that this school needs help.

In fact he said that until it becomes a safety risk they will have to take care of the problems. That is a sad joke on all. This generation of young people needs hope and opportunity, and education provides that. Only Labor will put people first.