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19
Aug

Lovell renews calls for Hopetoun P-12 funding after school tour

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has used the first week of State Parliament after the winter break to once again highlight the archaic condition of the science and food technology building at Hopetoun P-12 College.

Ms Lovell toured the school with members of the School Council and was dismayed at the conditions that science and food tech students are forced to learn in.

Ms Lovell first raised the issue in a question to Education Minister James Merlino in May. Not satisfied with his response, Ms Lovell arranged the tour of Hopetoun P-12 to see for herself the condition of the science and food tech building.

The building has had no capital works since it was built in 1964 and the food technology area is inundated with mice because of holes in the walls.

Speaking in State Parliament this week, Ms Lovell called on Mr Merlino to provide funding to complete an internal renovation of science and food tech building of the school.

 

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“The students of Hopetoun P-12 College have no incentive to pursue study in the food or science areas due to the dilapidated condition of the school’s science and food technology building.

“When I first raised the matter with the Minister in May, his response indicated that Hopetoun P-12 was due for a facilities evaluation in 2020. Frankly, this is not good enough for the students of this great school.

“I would like to thank the school community for hosting me and my recent visit reinforced the need for action now to improve the educational facilities of Hopetoun P-12 students.

“I call on the Minister to provide urgent funding to complete an internal renovation of the science and food technology building at Hopetoun P-12 College.”

Media Contact:  Jason Kelly         0413 103 240       jason.kelly@parliament.vic.gov.au 

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