MORE than 900 Yarram residents have signed a petition calling on the state government to fund the upgrade of the town’s primary school.
Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien collected the petition from prep student Marcus Jaensch, who donned his school uniform and travelled to school on his holidays to hand over the signatures.
Mr O’Brien said for 900 people to sign a petition in a town with a population of about 2000 showed the strong desire of the community to have a new school which met the needs of today’s curriculum.
“To have almost half the town getting behind the campaign to rebuild the school sends a message to Labor that we are serious about a better future for our children,” he said.
“The school is well beyond repair and it’s not good enough that students are squeezed into undersized classrooms, roofs and walls are leaking and toilets are faulty.
“Yarram is a great school and has been waiting for some time now for the necessary funding to replace its outdated 1960s era buildings which have been patched up and refurbished over the years.
“The dedicated teachers, parents and school council have been planning and working toward the rebuild for a number of years.
“Now that the site is shovel-ready I will continue to push hard to ensure that Melbourne Labor has funding in the upcoming budget to get this new school built.”
Mr O’Brien will present the petition to the Legislative Assembly this week.