Adjournment Debate- Sunbury Schools

Mr  J. BULL (Sunbury) — (13 101) My matter is for the attention of the Minister for Education, and the action I seek is for the minister to visit Sunbury Downs Secondary College and Sunbury Heights Primary School in my electorate to see firsthand how the Education State funding will make a significant difference to these wonderful schools and my local community. During his visit I would like the minister to discuss plans for the $3.92 million upgrade of Sunbury Downs College with the school principal, the students and the school council, as well as to discuss the $4.2 million shared facility announced just this week.

Both the minister and Education State funding, made possible of course by the Andrews Labor government, have made a remarkable difference to the Sunbury community after four years of neglect from those opposite. It is astounding to think that not one school building project was underway when I came into office in November 2014 — not one. Those opposite were asleep at the wheel and had no passion to deliver the high-quality, high-class teaching and learning facilities that we need.

Under the Andrews Labor government we are seeing a significant change, with over $8 million to modernise Sunbury College; $4 million to upgrade Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School; $3.9 million to upgrade Sunbury Downs College; $4.2 million for Sunbury Heights, Sunbury Downs and Hume City Council; a fantastic commitment of $500 000 for Salesian College; $700 000 for Kismet Park Primary School; and $151 000 to modernise Diggers Rest Primary School. This represents over $20 million in education funding in three years.

Under the Andrews Labor government and this Minister for Education schools right across my electorate now understand that the government supports them and recognises the valuable contribution they make to our society. I look forward to welcoming the minister at his earliest convenience.