Andrews Government must deliver for Ripon students

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has demanded that the Andrews Government delivers on three much needed school projects in Ripon.


On Monday, Education Minister James Merlino announced the opening of applications for the first round of the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund.


Ms Staley said it was critical that Ripon students are not forgotten and that important, priority upgrades are delivered to the non-government schools in the region.


“This fund has been created by the Labor Government to finance capital projects solely in non-government schools and Ripon schools must not miss out,”


“I am calling on the Minister for Education to make sure that funding flows to schools in Ripon,”


“At the 2018 State Election I made funding commitments to Highview College in Maryborough, Marian College in Ararat and Sienna Catholic Primary School in Lucas for much needed upgrades,”


“These are all fantastic regional low fee non-government schools who need the funding to grow their schools and the programs they deliver,”


“This government has a track record of ignoring anything outside the Melbourne tram tracks, I want them to commit now to delivering these much needed upgrades.”


Ms Staley said the Liberal Nationals support a strong public and private education system because we believe in giving parents choice and children the best opportunities.


  • Highview College, Maryborough $4.28 million to construct a Science Complex and modernise the STEM facilities
  • Marian College, Ararat $4 million to fund STEM centre and auditorium
  • Sienna Catholic Primary School, Lucas $1.8 million to build a new gymnasium and bus exchange area