State Labor Upper House Members Gayle Tierney and Jaala Pulford have continued their support for Golden Plains Shire calling on the Government to fund Bannockburn K-12 in Parliament this week.
Ms Tierney said the hard work from the Golden Plains Shire has not slowed, but the support from the state government has ground to a halt.
“It is widely known that the Shire was particularly disappointed to see that the Bannockburn K-12 was ignored in the 2012-13 State Budget and that the promise for natural gas connection has still not been delivered.
“In my time as an MP the Golden Plains Shire Council has been particularly impressive in the way it has lobbied on behalf of its constituents and worked with state and federal governments to provide for growth in the municipality.
“It is time this Government come good on its promises and give the Golden Plains Community the support it deserves.
“I urge the Minister for Education to make a commitment to the Golden Plains Shire and to the community of Bannockburn and indicate when the money will be available,” Ms Tierney said.
Ms Pulford also urged the Minister to release funds for full the planning of stage 1 for a Bannockburn Early Years to Year 12 school.
Ms Pulford said the Bannockburn Primary School currently has 526 students, which reflects the significant proportion of the community that comprises families with young children and indeed those of primary school age.
“The lack of a secondary school in the Shire is a problem that needs to be urgently addressed.
“In the shire there are some 1750 schoolchildren who leave the shire daily to attend secondary school.
“The council is investing in facilities around the land that the government has made available for the school, but the Government needs to take action in this climate of vicious cuts to education and bring some good news to the Bannockburn community about the future of education for their young people,” Ms Pulford said.