Foster Primary School stills seeks more money for rebuild

LOVING IT: Liz Kindellan’s Prep/Grade One class is loving the new space at Foster Primary School.

WHILE the “practical completion” of Foster Primary School’s upgrade was announced by the State Government last week, the school’s search for more money will continue.

“It’s been good for the school and it’s something the younger kids love,” acting principal Melissa Phillips said.

But behind the scenes, the school is still fighting for more funds, as many parts of the school are still asbestos-riddled.

The $1.73 million upgrade includes architect-designed modular building to replace the current B and C block. 

Eastern Victoria Region MLC Jane Garrett said the practical completion of the project showed the State Government’s commitment to education in the region.  

“We’re ensuring local students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and every child is given every chance to succeed,” she said.

“Local families can now enjoy great new facilities at Foster Primary School.”

However Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien has a different take on things.

“The bottom line is that while the new buildings are welcome, myself and the school community will continue to campaign on a rebuild, which the government has failed to deliver on,” he said.

“We will continue to lobby the government to finish this project.” 

The funding needed is believed to be somewhere between $2 million and $3 million.

Mr O’Brien had previously pledged $2.5 million to rebuild the Foster Primary School if the Coalition was elected at the November 24 state election.

The school was built in 1965.

In the lead up to the November state election, Mr O’Brien collected more than 1000 signatures on a petition backing the project, which was presented to the State Government.

Mr O’Brien said he would visit the school on Wednesday to inspect the new buildings. 


Matt Dunn

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