The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has renewed calls for the Andrews Labor Government to support the construction of Education First Youth Foyers in Wodonga and Wangaratta.
In a constituency question to Minister for Housing Richard Wynne in State Parliament, Ms Lovell sought a commitment from the Minister Richard Wynne to fund the construction of the two 40-bed Youth Foyers and sought the allocation of recurrent funding for the annual operational costs at both facilities.
Business cases for the projects, to be built at Wodonga TAFE’s McKoy St campus and GOTAFE’s Docker St campus in Wangaratta have been completed and submitted for funding consideration.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell said she was proud as the Minister for Housing in the Baillieu/Napthine Government to establish the three existing Education First Youth Foyers in Broadmeadows, Glen Waverley and Shepparton.
Wodonga and Wangaratta are included in the six regional locations listed in Recommendation 92 of Infrastructure Victoria’s Strategy 2021-2051 document which recommends sites for additional Youth Foyers in regional Victoria.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Youth Foyers change the lives of young people and would provide safe accommodation and open up greater educational pathways for many at-risk youths in both Wodonga and Wangaratta.
“It is disappointing that Labor have failed to establish more Youth Foyers throughout Victoria and I call on the Minister to support the respective TAFEs and fund the construction and recurrent costs of new foyers in Wodonga and Wangaratta.”
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