Wodonga West school waiting on timeframe

Christian Walsh, 11, shadow education minister Nick Wakeling and Rylee Butters, 11, at Wodonga West. Picture: KYLIE ESLERA WODONGA principal is demanding a timeframe from the Victorian government for the construction of two new buildings.
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Money was set aside last year to rebuild outdated structures at Wodonga West Primary School.

Now, principal Jocelyn Owen wants to know when the money will be put to use.

The call comes following a meeting between Mrs Owen, shadow education minister Nick Wakeling and Benambra MP Bill Tilley yesterday, who were urging the Andrews government to “get moving” on the project.

The Coalition set aside $3.8million 12 months ago plus an additional $650,000 to replace the buildings from the 1950s.

Mrs Owen met Mr Andrews when he visited the school as opposition leader in 2013.

Now, Mrs Owen is waiting to hear from Mr Andrews as to when the funding will come through.

The school has been lobbying for new buildings since 2007 and according to Mr Wakeling work may not commence until late this year.

“It appears the rebuild is going to take three years to complete, it’s completely unacceptable,” Mr Wakeling said.

“The money is sitting there in the budget and we call on Premier Andrews to ensure the funding that was allocated is delivered, so work can start on the site and we can see these kids educated in 21st century facilities.”

Mr Tilley invited the shadow minister to the Border where they met with principals including from Corryong College, Wodonga Middle Years Huon Campus and paid a visit to Melrose Primary School.

He labelled the government’s failure to deliver the project as “incredible hypocrisy” and questioned Education Minister, James Melino’s ability to “manage” the portfolio.

“Daniel Andrews stood on this school site two years ago and said ‘get on with it’.

“Our philosophy was to prioritise schools, no matter what seat they fell in, the priority was determined by an audit by the Department of Education,” Mr Tilley said.

In response to yesterday’s meeting, a spokesperson for the Department of Education said a detailed design was proceeding and construction would take place later this year.

However they were not able to put a timeframe on it.

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