Minister for Education, James Merlino has made it clear to the kids of Somerville Rise Primary School that he and the Andrews Labor Government have no intention of keeping our kids safe from harmful UV rays.
Somerville Rise Primary is in desperate need of shade sails for their junior and senior playgrounds, however the Andrews Labor Government have deemed that it is just not a priority for them.
The metal frames that support the old shade sails are still in place, but the school cannot afford to replace them due to the expensive nature of commercial sails.
A recent quote received to replace the shade sails for the junior playground was estimated to cost the school $15,000.
Parents are rightly concerned that the school’s playground have no shaded areas for their children to sit or play under other than the sheds at the back of the school, therefore putting them in harm’s way from dangerous UV rays.
State Liberal Member for Hastings, Neale Burgess raised the needs of the school community in a constituency question to the Deputy Premier in Parliament, requesting the Minister to provide the provision of the new shade sails.
After a month of waiting, the school community were alarmed when they received a shady response from the Minister advising them they were to seek alternative funding arrangements.
This is a shameful and frankly disrespectful decision from a government that is out-of-touch and clearly does not care for the kids at Somerville Rise Primary School.
Quotes attributable to Neale Burgess MP, State Member for Hastings:
“Surely the Andrews Labor Government can find $15,000 in their Budget this month to protect our kids”!
“It is estimated that in Victoria alone, there are 40,000 new cases of skin cancer identified every year. Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world”.
“With such staggering figures, it is reprehensible that a government would not provide the funding necessary to protect our kids whilst they’re out in the playground”.
Media Contact Neale Burgess MP, State Member for Hastings 0408 334 222