Statement in Parliament – Keysborough electorate schools

Mr PAKULA (Attorney-General) — I rise to speak about meeting the education needs of students in my electorate of Keysborough. In the four years of the previous Liberal government, local schools did it very tough. The last Liberal budget allocated zero funding to any government school either in my old electorate of Lyndhurst or within the boundaries of the new Keysborough electorate.

That is why I have been advocating strongly for much-needed infrastructure funding for Chandler Park Primary School and Keysborough College, which will help expand the facilities serving the local communities in Springvale, Noble Park and Keysborough.

The first Labor state budget provided initial funding instalments to enable those schools to do detailed design work and planning. I visited both of them yesterday to check on progress.

At Chandler Park primary I met with the new principal, Naomi Reed, to look over the plans for six new classrooms and a new art and library facility. At Keysborough College the principal, John Baston, told me the school currently has 1674 enrolments, and, when complete, the upgrade will allow for up to 2200 students across both campuses.

With a growing community in Keysborough South, this capacity boost will be well timed.

There are population projections that show there will also be a need for a primary school in Keysborough South. I have spoken regularly to the Minister for Education, advocating for land acquisition for a new school for that growing area.

Local students and their families deserve the support of a state government that values education, and in the Andrews Labor government, at long last, they have one.