Morwell community still waiting for school funding

FIVE months on from the Victorian election and Morwell’s ‘super school’ is yet to be allocated funding.

Prior to the election, the former State Government committed $13 million to the project, while Labor committed $12 million, if elected.

Morwell principals have disregarded the term ‘super school’, but the facility would provide for 350 students at the old Kurnai College site on McDonald Street, Morwell.

Schools to be moved to the site include Morwell Primary School on Crinigan Road, and Tobruk Street and Commercial Road primary schools.

Titled the Morwell Schools Regeneration Project, the Andrews Government told The Express it still had intentions of funding the project.

“As per all of our election commitments, we will deliver this state-of-the-art facility for the Morwell community,” a department of education spokesperson said.

Member for Morwell Russell Northe said he would continue to lobby the government on the issue.

“I’ve already raised the matter in parliament and I’ve spoken to the education minister privately on attempting to have an update on where the project sits, but at this point in time I haven’t received any response to those questions,” Mr Northe said.

“I will certainly be holding government to account in assuring what needs to be done is done and no shortcuts will be undertaken.

“If additional funding is required over and above the $12 million then I’ll be lobbying extremely hard to make sure they find that additional funding.”

Principals contacted by The Express said they hoped the upcoming budget announcement in May would include the project for 2016.

“It will be an absolutely amazing opportunity for all the students, staff and the Morwell community,” Tobruk Street Primary School principal Melissa Rock said.

“Obviously we’re really hopeful that in the coming budget funds will be allocated to the new school.”