Coalition: We’ll fund the school

By Riverine Herald

The Coalition has committed to an $11 million spend to relocate Echuca Specialist School to the Twin Rivers campus if it is elected to government in November.

Shadow Education Minister Tim Smith and National leader and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh will be in Echuca this morning to make the announcement.

Mr Walsh said the commitment means 100-plus students and 40 staff will get a new, fit-for-purpose school integrated with Echuca’s other education facilities.

“Our commitment means students and staff will no longer have to endure woefully inadequate portable buildings that fail to meet their needs,” Mr Walsh said.

“As the only Specialist School in our region, taking in students from an area spanning Cohuna and Kyabram, this overdue school upgrade is vitally important to give our children the high quality education and support they deserve.

“Every child is entitled to the best start in life, no matter where they live, but Daniel Andrews and Labor have failed to deliver for our community.

“Echuca families will get a better deal on schools and education if we are in government in November.”

Mr Smith said when Labor was elected in 2014 the new government tried to throw out plans for an inclusive education hub which had largely been developed by the Coalition government in close consultation with parents and staff at Echuca South, Echuca West and Echuca Specialist schools.

“The next Liberal Nationals Government will right Labor’s wrong and deliver this vitally important school upgrade for students, their families and staff,” Mr Smith said.

“We are side-by-side with the Echuca school community and we will make sure this new school gets built,” he said.

“We understand how important this project is and we will help turn it from vision to reality for the Echuca school community by investing the funds needed.”