My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education, and the action that I seek is the immediate provision of funds required for the construction of a school hall at Beaumaris North Primary School in the 2021–22 financial year. The Beauy North community were promised funds for the construction of the indoor gathering and gymnasium space once enrolments hit 500. In March 2019 I wrote to the education minister alerting him to the fact that enrolments had well and truly exceeded this threshold and asking him for clarification as to when the promised funding would be delivered. No undertaking was given. I again wrote in January 2020 and still no undertaking was given. The education minister has previously assured me that the infrastructure needs of Beauy North will receive, quote, ‘fair and equitable consideration through the state government budget process’. Well, there is nothing fair and equitable about parents, teachers and hundreds of students sitting cramped on the ground in the blistering heat or freezing cold just so they can gather as a community.
The government had its chance. They handed down the budget just today, and yet they still have not done the right thing by the Beauy North community. For two years running a request has been made in good faith and for two years running the government has given Beauy North the short end of its so-called fair and equitable budget consideration. Platitudes do not shelter our kids and school communities from the elements, but school halls do. Maybe, just maybe, that is something which this government can reflect on amid the backslapping and self-congratulations of today.