The Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell says the Andrews Labor Government is hiding key documents surrounding problems and risks with the controversial Shepparton Super School, in what is the latest issue to hit the problem project.
A request by Ms Lovell under Freedom of Information to obtain the risk management plan for the embattled project has been refused by the Department of Education and Training, despite eight pages of documents being found.
There is outrage in the Shepparton community over the plans of the Andrews Labor Government to merge the four public secondary schools into one giant super-school designed to house up to 3000 students – the largest in Victoria.
Shepparton families have already held a mass protest against the school, with a second protest to occur this Friday.
While the Super School is estimated to cost $120 million, the Andrews Labor Government has only committed $21.5 million.
The Department identified that the documents would “inform the community of the Government’s operations” but in their opinion they believed the community’s right to information was outweighed by factors including “the degree of sensitivity of the issues”.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Our community has the right to be fully informed of the risks associated with this project which is dividing our community.
“If the Andrews Labor Government and Suzanna Sheed think this is such a good idea, why are they going to such extraordinary lengths to hide the eight pages of identified risks from parents and students whose lives are going to be impacted by the merger of the schools?”
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