The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to provide funding that will finally see the construction of an undercover area for students at Shepparton East Primary School.
The call came during an adjournment debate in State Parliament when Ms Lovell sought a commitment from the Minister for Education James Merlino to provide $100,000 towards plans to build a roof shelter over an existing basketball court at the school, delivering students a much-needed undercover area.
Currently the 270 students and staff are forced to remain indoors for recess and lunch during times of inclement weather and the weekly school assembly is cancelled. It is proposed that the planned structure will be a priority area for students during the summer months as part of the school’s Sun Smart program and will provide protection from rain and frost during winter.
The project would provide an additional space for the school to run their Outside of School Hours Care program before and after school and would also be used by local junior football, soccer and netball teams for training after school.
It is envisaged that various community groups could also utilise the structure outside of school hours including the nearby Shepparton East CFA, which could utilise the space for regular training activities.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“It is unacceptable that students at Shepparton East Primary School have no undercover area within their playground to protect them from the elements.”
“The entire Shepparton East community have joined together to raise funds to build the roof structure with nearly $50,000 raised so far to put to the project.”
“I have called on the State Government to provide the additional $100,000 in funding needed to make this project a reality.”