This week’s million dollar pre-budget announcement for a Shepparton Education Plan is an exciting opportunity to investigate the best possible options for schooling in the Shepparton District.
The ten year plan will be rolled out over three stages, with the first stage to look at revitalising our secondary schools.
From mid-2018 there will be an action plan for our primary schools, followed by a focus on early childhood education in 2020.
I am pleased the Education Minister has listened to the concerns of the community, regarding these issues within our state system in the Shepparton District.
We will now work to bring together an advisory committee, with a formal plan expected to be put before the Government by the end of the year.
It’s wonderful to welcome close to a further $125,000 worth of grants to our CFA brigades across the District 22.
The grants will fund basic equipment such as a refrigerator for the Cosgrove/Pine Lodge Brigade, through to remote lift doors for many others including Arcadia, Dookie and Kialla.
Meanwhile, the Mooroopna CFA will receive more than $20,000 to complete much needed upgrades, which will include the completion of its car park area, the construction of a carport over its loading area, and fencing work.
State ANZAC Day Luncheon
I must highlight and commend the tremendous work of Tatura RSL life member Robert Mathieson, as marked ANZAC Day this week.
A Vietnam veteran, Mr Mathieson’s tireless efforts with the returned services earned him a place at the table at last week’s Victorian ANZAC Day Luncheon held in Melbourne.
Mr Mathieson joined the Tatura RSL in 1992, where he has served nine terms as secretary, and a further six as president.
He has played in integral role in attracting the great crowds to Tatura’s reputable service, and in gaining the much needed funds for the town’s Robert Mactier VC memorial statue and surrounds.
Well done, and thank you Robert, for your continued contribution to the RSL and the Tatura community.