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Lovell slams Labor Government on no funding for Hopetoun P-12 College

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has slammed the Andrews Labor Government for failing to provide funding for much needed renovations at Hopetoun P-12 College.

Ms Lovell described the failure to include funding to renovate the science and food technology building at the school in the recently announced $1.18 billion school infrastructure package as “an absolute disgrace” and “an insult to the entire Hopetoun and district community.”

Regional Victorian students deserve educational opportunities and facilities equal to those in the city but the lack of funding to Hopetoun P-12 College shows that this in not a priority of the Andrews Labor Government.

Ms Lovell first raised the archaic condition of the building with Education Minister James Merlino over 12 months ago. The building has had no capital works since it was built in 1964 and the food technology area is frequently inundated with mice because of holes in the walls.

The constant ignoring by the Andrews Labor Government of the infrastructure needs of Hopetoun P-12 College is unacceptable and Ms Lovell plans to raise the need for urgent funding for the renovation upon the return of State Parliament sitting in the first week of June.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“The failure of the Andrews Labor Government to allocate funding to Hopetoun P-12 College is a slap in the face to local students and the wider community.

“Hopetoun P-12 students deserve facilities that inspire learning and Daniel Andrews needs to step up and provide funding to fix the food technology and science area of the school.

“With State Parliament due to return in early June, I will once again raise the issue with the Minister and ask him to provide urgent funding to complete an internal renovation of the science and food technology building at Hopetoun P-12 College.”

Media Contact:  Jason Kelly         0413 103 240 

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