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.