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07
Oct

Lovell says tender information raises fears of cost cutting of new super school

The Member for Northern Victoria Region Wendy Lovell says details of the tender information recently released for the construction of Greater Shepparton College creates concerns the Andrews Labor Government plans to cut costs on this project.

A call for tender applications to build the new school has appeared online with the advertised scope of the tender showing the project would cost between $50-100 million, well below the estimated $120 million cost of construction continuously touted by the Victorian School Building Authority and the Department of Education.

Ms Lovell said the advertised project cost in the tender has created concerns the State Government will make cuts to the scope of the project and not deliver on the promises they have made to the Greater Shepparton community.

“We have been told from the start of this process that the new super school will be a state-of-the-art facility with a construction budget of around $120 million yet the tender details just released puts the cost as low as $50 million.

“If the Andrews Labor Government and Suzanna Sheed are determined to impose a single secondary school campus model on the Greater Shepparton community, they must deliver the full funding to ensure a state-of-the-art facility that caters for every students needs is delivered in full.”

Ms Lovell noted that the tender information released shows the new school is to be located in Old Dookie Rd rather than the current Shepparton High School site.

“If the Government cannot get the location of the project correct in the tender documents how can we trust them to deliver the school students deserve.”

ENDS

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

 

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