Education the winner in 2017/18 budget
Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says she is very happy for some of our schools, after the electorate's education needs have been firmly placed on the map in the State Budget, announced this week.
"I have spoken in Parliament on several occasions now, about the significant divide between rural students and their metropolitan peers. It matters where you go to school, but it's time that gap was closed," Ms Sheed said
Standing on a campaign of better education opportunities for Shepparton District children, Ms Sheed said she's pleased the Andrews Labor Government has heard her concerns.
On the back of its Pre-budget announcement last week of $1mill for a 10 year Shepparton Education Plan, the Government has allocated more than $4.5mill for capital works and upgrades to the electorate's primary schools.
$ 90,000 Ardmona Primary School
$1,407,000 Bourchier St Primary School
$ 955,000 Kialla West Primary School
$ 231,000 Mooroopna Park Primary School
$1,768,000 Orrvale Primary School
$ 70,000 Wunghnu Primary School
"It's wonderful to see this commitment to our schools - both primary and secondary - after years of neglect and progressive decline," Ms Sheed said.
The Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project has also been fully funded.
"This is a wonderful program, doing great work in the space of early intervention.
"It already has more than 300 volunteers getting into our schools as mentors, and working with young children,
"I'm so pleased the Government has funded this program - $3mill over three years," Ms Sheed said.
"We must ensure our children are getting opportunities locally, and through early intervention, funding our schools and planning for the future, we are well on the way to ensuring the best possible outcomes for them."
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