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New early childhood service for Lucas, but still no school

30 November 2016

Local Ballarat MP Joshua Morris has welcomed today’s sod turning at the Lucas Community Hub, which was funded by the Ballarat Council and the former Liberal Government in June 2014.

“It’s great that construction of this project, which was funded by the former Liberal Government, is finally underway,” Mr Morris said.

Andrews Government Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos claimed in her media release from today’s sod turning that the Lucas Community hub would ‘meet local demand for the education and care of local children’; however the Government is still yet to support a public primary school for the area.

“The community hub and children’s centre was one aspect of the Liberal Party plan for Education in Ballarat’s western growth corridor,” Mr Morris said.

“However, unlike the Andrews Government, the Coalition also committed to providing a badly needed State Government school in Lucas.”

“Daniel Andrews has had two years to come up with a plan to provide children in Ballarat’s West with the school they need, but he’s done nothing.”

“In the meantime local children are crammed into portables at existing schools in Alfredton.”

Minister Mikakos has also remained silent on what will be done to replace the $2 million kindergarten project at Canadian Lead which the Coalition funded in 2014 and the Minister cut earlier in the year.

“In May the Minister scrapped a highly anticipated kindergarten at Canadian Lead Primary School, claiming that there was more urgent need elsewhere,” Mr Morris said.

“More than six months later, and more than two years after the election, the community is still waiting to hear what the Government will do with the money.”

“Jenny Mikakos and Daniel Andrews are making a mess of Education in Ballarat and it’s about time they got on with providing the facilities and services local families need.”

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