We must keep up the fight for our special developmental school

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell has called on the community to keep up the fight for a new Warrnambool Special Developmental School.

Her call follows a series of funding announcements for schools where the community has been vocal in advocating for major cash injections.

Last week the Andrews Government announced $32 million for a new Wonthaggi Secondary College, following a long and vocal community campaign.

“We can’t rest on our laurels, we have a situation that is critical and the government seems to be moving at a snail’s pace to get the new school built,” Mrs Britnell said.

“We owe it to these children and the hard working teachers to do everything we can to ensure a new school, which is fit for purpose, is built as soon as possible.

“The entire Wonthaggi community got behind the campaign to get a new school – parents, local businesses, the local council and the local MP Brian Paynter all backed it and were incredibly vocal.”

Mrs Britnell said Premier Daniel Andrews and Education Minister James Merlino have repeatedly said Warrnambool has to wait until the budget.

“That’s complete rubbish,” she said.

“In the past few weeks they have announced $32 million for Wonthaggi Secondary College, $5 Million for Thornbery High school, and $3 Million for Northcote Primary School – all outside the state budget process.

“It’s time to stop playing games and fund the building of a new Warrnambool Special Developmental School.

“The community mustn’t back down and must continue to fight and be vocal – It worked in Wonthaggi, it’ll work for us.”


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