On Monday 4 June I represented the Minister for Skills, Education Services and Employment in the other place, Jacinta Allan, in opening the new and refurbished science and technology rooms at Apollo Bay P-12 College. The new facilities include new science rooms, a preparation storeroom, a music room, two music practice rooms, an art room, a materials technology room and an IT visual communications room. The state government contributed over $1.8 million towards the cost of this work. The new physical infrastructure is impressive. It provides the best possible learning environment for the students at Apollo Bay P-12 College and complements the delivery of a wide range of pathway options that meet the needs of individual students.
I would like to thank Apollo Bay P-12 College acting principal, Liz Hanger, and the school council president, Klaus Holzer, as well as teachers, support staff, parents and students, for giving me the privilege of sharing the day with them. I would also like to thank the years 11 and 12 students with whom I spent quite a bit of time earlier in the day. I was quite impressed with their knowledge and well-thought-out questions. I am proud to be part of a government that is clearly committed to quality education for regional Victoria and is serious about providing opportunities for young people in western Victoria.