The Apollo Bay community are still in the dark on whether the promised $10 million for the Apollo Bay P-12 College will come to fruition.
As this week’s budget papers reveal, the Napthine Government has not specifically allocated any new money for the P-12 College.
However, Polwarth MP Terry Mulder has stated in the Colac Herald that $6.7 million for the school will be made available.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney raised the issue in Parliament last night asking the Minister to clarify where the funding is coming from.
“I ask the Minister to point out exactly where this money is in the Budget and when the money will be made available to start the Apollo Bay P-12 redevelopment.
“Without the budget specifically allocating money to the Apollo Bay project, where is the guarantee that Apollo Bay P-12 will get this money this year?
“I also ask the Minister to confirm that the promised $10 million will be spent on the redevelopment as was promised.
“If the $6.7 million that Mr Mulder mentioned does come to fruition this year, the total spend by the Government will only be $7 million, $3 million short of what Mr Mulder promised.
Other school build and redevelopment projects that missed out on funding include the Timboon P-12 and the Bannockburn P-9 Schools.
“If Mr Mulder is able to promise the Apollo Bay community money that isn’t specified in the budget, then the Timboon and Bannockburn communities has every right to ask when they will receive their much needed funding too.