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Constituency question: Thornbury Primary School

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Samantha Ratnam
Leader of the Victorian Greens
20 September 2022

Our public schools need to be fully funded so all students can learn in a safe environment.

This Constituency Question was asked on 20 September 2022: 

My question is to the Minister for Education in relation to Thornbury Primary School. I recently had the pleasure of visiting the school and was impressed with the school’s inclusive and welcoming ethos and its commitment to continuing to promote First Nations culture and language. It is a wonderful school and community. The school has a diverse student population and goes above and beyond to meet the needs of all its students. However, the school buildings and facilities are no longer fit for purpose and are in need of urgent repair and renovation. The beautiful heritage building is plagued by leaks, the second storey is inaccessible to students with mobility constraints and the school does not have an indoor space big enough for all students to come together at one time. Minister, the school has prepared plans for an upgrade to the school buildings. It urgently needs the roof on the heritage building to be replaced. This same building needs refurbishment, and a redevelopment of other buildings is required so that the school can provide fit-for-purpose spaces for students—for classes and for the whole school at once. Minister, will you fund the urgent repairs and renovations as a matter of priority so that students can learn in a safe environment?

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Samantha Ratnam
Leader of the Victorian Greens
20 September 2022
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