Last week, I visited five primary schools in the Shepparton District. It is so heartening to see the excellent work that our teachers do, often in circumstances where their buildings and grounds are less than satisfactory.
I have discovered that historically, schools in this electorate have been significantly underfunded for infrastructure spending.
I have called on the Government to investigate funding to replace many of the old and ageing buildings at our schools that are no longer fit for purpose.
LAW AND ORDER CONCERN
I will be visiting the Parkville Detention Centre on March 6, as we find further ways to divert our youth from entering the justice system.
We have great early intervention initiatives such as the Lighthouse Project and the Neighbourhood Schools Project, working towards this.
In the meantime the Victorian Government has appointed a former DPP and Supreme Court judge to review the bail system. On my request, that inquiry intends to visit Shepparton.
The GV Health Community Advisory Group has had a busy start to the year, visiting the Bendigo and Wagga Hospitals along with our critical hospital staff .We have observed how they have gone about the building of their new hospitals.
However, I still strongly believe we must have space for a Mother Baby Unit in Shepparton.
We have among the lowest breast feeding rates, and the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in Shepparton.