Today Louise Staley, State Member for Ripon, welcomed Nick Wakeling, Shadow Minister for Education, to Lucas where they discussed the need for a new government primary school in the community.
Ms Staley and Mr Wakeling spoke about the demand for a new primary school with existing schools bursting at the seams.
The Andrews Labor Government has conceded the need for a new primary school in Lucas, but it has instead plunged funding into building a new private school in the area.
“Families are genuinely perplexed and disappointed with the Andrews Labor Government’s decision to spend $1.5 million on a new Catholic primary school and failure to fund a new government primary school,” Mr Wakeling said.
Both Ms Staley and Mr Wakeling repeated their call for the Andrews Labor Government to immediately set aside funding for the purchase of land and to commence design plans for a new government primary school in Lucas.
Mr Wakeling acknowledged the hard work of Ms Staley in advocating for the community and keeping the pressure on the Andrews Labor Government to deliver a new government primary school for families in the growing suburb of Lucas.
Ms Staley said the Andrews Government needs to catch up with the expectations and demands of the local community in Lucas.
“Daniel Andrews’ attentions remains fixated on Melbourne while one of the fastest growing suburbs in western Victoria continues not to have a government primary school. Lucas families deserve access to excellent and affordable local educational options,” Ms Staley said.
“Primary schools in surrounding suburbs of Alfredton and Delacombe are full to the brim; a primary school in Lucas would relieve this pressure and would be welcomed by all Ballarat families.”
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