Blackwood continues education pitch
Baw Baw News
By William PJ Kulich // 17:22, Friday 28 November 2014
LIBERAL MP and candidate for Narracan Gary Blackwood has promised $3 million for Trafalgar High School should the coalition be re-elected at tomorrow’s state election.
Above: Trafalgar High School School Council president Darren Wallace, Gary Blackwood and Trafalgar High School principal Jane Mersey. Photo: William PJ Kulich.
The money would be used for the school’s third stage of development, which would see the replacement of some of the school’s oldest buildings.
“The school’s been on a journey and we’ve already completed two parts of our three-stage redevelopment, and this will go a long way to completing our third and final stage,” School Council president Darren Wallace told reporters earlier this month.
“The school was first opened in 1965, so obviously there are parts of the school that were constructed in 1965, so they’re 50 years old. They’re the parts that really need the focus on the redevelopment.
“The students are not left behind, but if we had the school in pristine condition it would just aid in [their] comfort.
Mr Wallace told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen the school’s priority in redevelopment would be upgrading or replacing the technology wing.
“It’s 50 years old and seriously needs work done,” he said.
Mr Wallace also said sporting facilities the school shared with the broader community were also in need of repair.
Mr Blackwood’s announcement came after previous funding commitments to Warragul Regional College and Neerim District Secondary College, as well as promised new kinder places in Drouin and Warragul and the development of a new pre-school at Yarragon.
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