MP vows to continue fighting for student safety

April 12, 2024 BY

Students vulnerable: Nationals Member for Euroa Annabelle Cleeland raised concerns about the region’s education challenges during the last sitting of Parliament. Photo: SUPPLIED

SPEAKING in Parliament recently, Nationals member for Euroa brought attention to local education challenges including the lack of public high schools and school crossing funding.

Ms Cleeland said towns like Heathcote and Kilmore were left at a significant disadvantage due to the lack of secondary schools.

“Kilmore is the largest town in Victoria without a secondary school,” Ms Cleeland said.

“The need for a school in Kilmore has been repeatedly brought to this government’s attention, yet it has been ignored every time.

“Unfortunately, Kilmore is not the only part of my electorate desperately campaigning for a public school.

“There is currently a community led petition calling for a public secondary school in Heathcote, a town with a population large enough to warrant a secondary school.”

Ms Cleeland also addressed the closure of the local primary school in Tooborac and concerns over school crossing supervisors in both Heathcote and the Strathbogie Shire.

“Funding debates continue between our local councils and the state government over who will adequately fund the school crossing supervisor program,” she said.

“Our children are left incredibly vulnerable in the meantime.

“It is a matter of utmost importance to our local community that is genuinely putting children’s lives on the line.

“Conversations I have had with community members have made it clear that this is something worth fighting for, and I stand with them.

“We will not stop fighting until our children are safe.”