Specialist school funds pledged

THE new Sale Specialist School would be completed under a re-elected Coalition government which has pledged to spend $15 million to complete the project if re-elected.

Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Mr Ryan said the $15 million commitment would fund the complete development of the new school, following government investments to purchase the new site and $4 million in the 2014-15 Victorian Budget for planning, design, and stage one works.

“This is great news for the students, parents and teachers at the Sale Specialist School,” he said.

“We said we would fund the development of a new school, and if re-elected we will do it.

“This new school will be a game changer for students, who are currently based at three different campuses in Sale.

“It will deliver for them the school they need and deserve, which is truly a great outcome.

“We have been able to secure a great site here on the Princes Highway just north of Sale, and once complete this school will be the envy of other communities.

“This project has been one I have been very keen to support and I am very pleased we have been able to secure this further commitment.”

Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull said the new school would benefit students from across the region.

“Whether students live in Sale, Stratford, Maffra, Heyfield or any other nearby communities, they will have access to what will be a magnificent facility,” he said.

“The new school will make an enormous difference to students with special needs, their families and those who teach them.”

Eastern Victoria MLC Danny O’Brien said the $15 million investment would deliver a modern learning environment.

“Having students across a number of different campuses is not the ideal environment for delivering the best learning outcomes,” he said.

“To have the students located at the one site, with modern classrooms and facilities, and plenty of room to play and move about is what was needed and it is what this government is delivering.

“Securing this commitment is the result of a lot of hard work from parents, teachers and all those involved with the school and I congratulate them for their efforts — a great outcome.”