Labor Members of the Legislative Council Gayle Tierney MP and Jaala Pulford MP have urged the Baillieu Government to commit to the Bannockburn P-9 school in the upcoming May budget.
Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Ms Tierney stated that urgent action is required by the Minister to advance this project to the next stage.
“In 2009 the Golden Plains Shire had the third highest rate of population growth in rural and regional Victoria,
“Given the obvious need for the Bannockburn P-9 school in the very near future, I urge the Minister to commit to this project for the 2011-2012 budget to be delivered in May,” Ms Tierney said.
Ms Pulford has also raised this issue in Parliament stating that the construction of the Bannockburn prep to year nine school is the Golden Plains Shire’s number one priority.
“Bannockburn is experiencing rapid population growth and has the highest percentage population of 0 to 4-year-olds in Victoria.
“The school catchment population is predicted to increase by 59 per cent by 2030, from 1600 to 2550 students.
“The Opposition, and the Golden Plains Shire are seeking from the new state government an assurance that it is committed to this project, which is of high priority to the community.” Ms Pulford said.
Ms Tierney and Ms Pulford raised these matters as adjournment motions in the Legislative Council which requires the Minister responsible to respond within 30 days.
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