$80 million Brighter Futures Fund announced by Nationals government

May 05, 2018

The Nationals deputy leader Steph Ryan and leader Peter Walsh.

The education of young regional and rural Victorians stand to benefit if a Liberal Nationals' government is elected in November. 

Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh and deputy leader Steph Ryan announced the Liberal Nationals’ $80 million Brighter Futures Fund in Shepparton today. 

Mr Walsh said the Fund will be the first step in a dedicated investment to transform education for rural and regional young Victorians. 

“A child’s future shouldn’t be determined by where they live, but we know there’s a persistent disadvantage in education in rural communities compared to the city,” Mr Walsh said. 

“The Liberal Nationals will work to close the rural education gap because we believe the long-term prosperity of our country communities relies on our young people having a brighter future.” 

Ms Ryan said the $80 million Fund will be invested in integrated education hubs – a one-stop-shop for allied health, early childhood, maternal and child health services, and tertiary education. 

“A short-term plan won’t secure real change. We know real change will only happen with a dedicated generational approach,” Ms Ryan said. 

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