An elected Liberal Nationals Government will provide $6 million to build sporting facilities and provide equipment at the new Warrnambool Special Developmental School. Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy and Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell made the pledge in Warrnambool on Tuesday. Sporting facilities at the school, including an indoor gym and oval, are not included in the initial funding for the school, but are vital assets for any school. A Liberal Nationals Government will ensure the school’s students have the best facilities to ensure they have the best education experience possible. Building these facilities could also provide the opportunity for the precinct to become a regional sporting centre for people with disabilities, encouraging participation in sport to develop and maintain health and well-being and fitness across their life. In December 2017, The Liberal Nationals committed to fund the new school buildings after Labor had dragged their feet on the project for three years. Within minutes of our announcement, Labor matched the funding pledge and work on the school began six months earlier than planned because of the pressure applied.
Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:
“Daniel Andrews has lost control of population growth in our suburbs and it is putting enormous strain on local schools like Warrnambool Special Developmental School. We want all school children to have the best facilities and have as many opportunities as possible.
“Daniel Andrews and Labor have continually dropped the ball when it comes to the Warrnambool SDS, taking three years to fund the new building, but leaving out essential facilities. Roma is a passionate advocate for these families and children and it’s because of her hard work that this commitment is being made.
Roma is always fighting for more funding and a better deal for her community.”
Comments attributable to Member for South West Coast, Roma Britnell:
“We have a responsibility to do the best we can by these kids, their families and their teachers. I am determined to make sure these children has the very best facilities to provide the same education experience as their peers in other schools. The school has a vision of making this sporting precinct a centre for people with disabilities, of all ages, from across the region to come and participate in health and fitness. Sporting facilitates are an essential part of any school – I don’t understand why they aren’t included in the Labor Government’s current funding plan for the school. But I’ll make sure they happen.”