Beaufort Secondary College funding welcome; but more funds needed

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has cautiously welcomed the partial upgrade of Beaufort Secondary College being included in today’s State Budget but has vowed to lobby the Andrews Government to commit further funding to finish the job.

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has cautiously welcomed the partial upgrade of Beaufort Secondary College being included in today’s State Budget but has vowed to lobby the Andrews Government to commit further funding to finish the job.

Beaufort Secondary College today received $810,000 in this year’s budget to start funding a partial rebuild. The budget papers reveal a further $4.19m is allocated to the school in the 2018 financial year.

The investment falls well short of the 6 million offered by the Liberal Nationals Government prior to last year’s State Election.

Ripon MP Louise Staley said the inclusion of Beaufort Secondary College was the result of a strong local campaign, however the promised funds are not enough to properly finish of the job.

“The upgrade of Beaufort Secondary College is a project that I have advocated strongly for, this funding is a welcome start but the Andrews Government needs to now provide further funding to finish the job properly”. Ms Staley said.

“The funding provided today is not enough to fully upgrade Beaufort Secondary College, if the Andrews Government is truly committed to providing top class education in regional Victoria then they need to commit to the rest of the funding”.

“This funding for a partial upgrade is a start however I will not rest until the State Government provides the rest of the funding badly needed to fully upgrade Beaufort Secondary College”.

“People across Beaufort and the Pyrenees deserve access to top quality education, we cannot afford a half-hearted upgrade, Daniel Andrews needs to provide the rest of the money to properly finish the job”.