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August 18, 2011  |  Adjournment

Rosanna Golf Links Primary School: ministerial visit

I rise to raise a matter for the Minister for Education. The action I seek is for the minister to visit Rosanna Golf Links Primary School in my electorate of Ivanhoe to view the facilities and meet with members of the school community to discuss the school’s completed master plan and the next steps to secure funding for its implementation. Rosanna Golf Links Primary School is doing some great work and increasing its enrolments year on year. In fact its projections heading into next year are for over 360 students and climbing. I think that is an indication of the hard work that has been done by the teachers, the staff and the parent body at the school and the great results the school is achieving.

I note the previous government and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development did a range of forward planning work with the school to ensure that the master plan was completed. Most of that work was completed last year and early this year. The master plan for Rosanna Golf Links Primary School has certainly now been completed. The school is keen to get some direction and advice on the next steps to try to secure funding through the annual budget process. It would welcome the education minister visiting the school, reviewing those plans and seeing if there is any further work that the school needs to do as it prepares to position itself to get a favourable outcome in next year’s budget.

I understand the education minister has made it clear that he is keen to ensure that every single one of the commitments the government took to the election is honoured and implemented. I accept and understand that.

But given that no education capital works commitments were made by the government in the Ivanhoe electorate, it is important to be clear about what the steps are and what the best arrangements are to ensure that schools in my electorate are able to secure capital funding to implement master plans that have clearly and legitimately gone through a process and been acknowledged as a priority. That work has been done independently through the department, so above all else the school is ready and good to go.

I also note that there was an article in the Banyule and Nillumbik Weekly of 16 August entitled ‘Rosanna school upgrade on hold’. The article noted that plans to rebuild the school have been shelved. I understand how these processes work, and I think it would be good to give the school some confidence that the master plan work that has been done will get it in the right position to secure funding in the next budget.

It is something we welcome the minister coming out to discuss so we are in the best position possible to ensure Rosanna Golf Links Primary School secures that funding for its future.