06 February 2019
I rise to draw the attention of the house to the urgent funding needs of both Sandringham College and Mentone Girls Secondary College in my electorate.
During the course of the 2018 election campaign I was pleased to make financial commitments to both schools on behalf of the coalition—$9 million to Sandringham College and $7.5 million to Mentone Girls Secondary College.
These great schools provide educational excellence within the Sandringham district.
With $7.5 million at Mentone Girls, that funding would have gone towards the construction of a much-needed science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics centre.
At Sandringham College that funding would have gone towards the urgent removal of asbestos-riddled classrooms. Sandringham College are currently requesting that the Victorian School Building Authority conduct an urgent rolling facilities audit.
They have had verbal confirmation that that will be undertaken in February but no formal confirmation as yet, so they are seeking that outcome at the current time.
It is important that the educational outcomes and cultures of both of these secondary schools in the Sandringham district are matched with equally good school infrastructure.
If we had had the opportunity to deliver such infrastructure, it would have been the largest cash injection of funds that those schools had had in infrastructure in 30 years.