Members Statement – Essendon Keilor College

Mr CARROLL (Niddrie) — After being elected in March 2012 I said in my inaugural speech that my immediate task was the implementation of the Essendon Keilor College master plan. Yesterday I kept my word and delivered on that commitment. I appreciate the support of the Premier and the Deputy Premier, who is also the Minister for Education.

The $10 million commitment will transform this school. In 2011 the school was described in the Herald Sun as having more than 1300 items needing attention. The former Minister for Education visited the school and publicly stated in the Age newspaper that it was ‘disgusting’ and ‘not safe’, yet it was never redeveloped. Only the Andrews Labor government is prepared to invest in this school. Indeed we had to bring a door from the school to the former minister to get his attention. That door is currently in the Premier’s office. I intend to get the door back and return it to the school when the redevelopment starts.

This school has three wonderful campuses and has been around for 100 years. The Andrews Labor government, led by the Deputy Premier and the Premier, yesterday provided the state’s biggest investment in education. Why? Because education is the single most important investment we can make in our communities. I am very proud to be a part of this government, which is going to invest in education and provide for our future. I am going to make sure that my legacy in my electorate is that Essendon Keilor College is here for another 100 years and that under my watch it will never again be referred to as ‘disgusting’ and ‘not safe’.

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