Tuesday, 12 June 2018
GOWARD: MURRUMBATEMAN SCHOOL GETS GO-AHEAD
A new school for Murrumbateman is set to be delivered, Member for Goulburn Pru Goward announced today.
Funding will be allocated to begin planning for a new primary school for Murrumbateman in the NSW 2018-19 Budget to be released on 19 June.
Ms Goward said the decision followed growing community calls for their own local school, an assessment of local enrolment projections and recent changes to the school enrolment policy by the ACT Government.
"A school in Murrumbateman means many children will no longer need to endure long or interstate commutes to the ACT for their education," Ms Goward said.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet confirmed the funding would be in the NSW Budget, describing it as a “great result” for the Murrumbateman community.
“Huge infrastructure projects and new state-wide programs get all the headlines on budget day, but our government knows there is nothing more important to a community than the future of its children,” Mr Perrottet said.
Mr Stokes said also acknowledged the tireless work over recent years by Ms Goward to advocating on behalf of the Murrumbateman community for a new school.
“We are spending billions of dollars on new and upgraded schools throughout NSW where they are needed, and Ms Goward through her tireless work has ensured that the need for a new school at Murrumbateman is answered,” Mr Stokes said.
Ms Goward said an immeasurable amount of work has gone into securing a school for Murrumbateman.
“The community has been lobbying for more than a decade and I joined the fight in 2015 - but it took all of us together to achieve this result,” she said.
"Words cannot describe how pleased and proud I am for each and every name collected in favour of this school, especially to the driving force that is Mike Reid," Ms Goward said.