$618,000 to Save Cranbourne South Primary School from Labor’s threat of closure

20 November 2014

• Coalition’s $618,000 commitment to upgrade and save Cranbourne South Primary School from closure
• Builds on a $12 million major upgrade for Cranbourne Secondary College
• Napthine Government building a better education system for all Victorian students

Member for Hastings Neale Burgess together with Liberal candidate for Cranbourne Geoff Ablett announced a $618,000 funding commitment to upgrade Cranbourne South Primary School.

“The Napthine Government is building better schools for all Victorian students and I’m delighted to announce a $618,000 upgrade of Cranbourne South Primary School if the Napthine Coalition Government is re-elected,” Mr Burgess said.

“After Labor’s threats to close Cranbourne South Primary School and force parents to send their children to School in another community, anxious parents approached Geoff Ablett and me. They are extremely troubled by Labor’s plan to pull apart the school community.

“Both Geoff and I have listened to the community’s cries for help, and our investment will save the school from closure at the hands of Labor, and upgrade the school’s facilities.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is delivering a $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including 24 new schools across the state, and upgrades to hundreds of existing schools,” Mr Burgess said.

The Napthine Government is building three new primary schools in Cranbourne as part of a $223 million public-private partnership investment in new schools across Victoria.

This year’s budget also saw Cranbourne West Primary School receive $940,000 to upgrade its facilities on top of an additional $18,417 in additional maintenance funding since 2013.

“The Victorian Coalition Government stepped in after 11 years of Labor neglect, and took action to fix Labor’s $420 million school maintenance backlog.

“While Labor cut maintenance funding by 20 per cent, we have increased maintenance funding by 40 per cent, to tackle Labor’s underinvestment in key growth areas like Cranbourne South,” Mr Burgess said.

Mr Burgess said the Cranbourne community would benefit from the Napthine Government’s strong record on delivering for education.

“A re-elected Napthine Government will not only save the primary school from closure, but also spend $12 million to complete stage 3 of Cranbourne Secondary College’s modernisation project,” Mr Burgess said.

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.