GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:45:14): My constituency question is for the Minister for Higher Education, representing the Minister for Education. Last week I had the pleasure of meeting principal Gavin Walsh of Chilwell Primary School and school council president Phil Joyce. Gavin and Phil expressed their gratitude to the state government, who have granted the school additional funding for much-needed capital works. Whilst the funding is welcome, the process of planning a purposeful building within the school has stalled, with the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) no longer communicating with the school community.
School staff and parents believe that in order to maximise student outcomes it would be more suitable to use the funds to build up, and not out, in order to save space around the playground. This revised plan would also allow for a more engaging educational setting for students. I am seeking information from the minister as to why the VSBA has stalled communications with Chilwell Primary School, and I ask if the minister is able to communicate the school’s concerns to the VSBA so they can be given the opportunity to re-tender the planned upgrades in order to ensure that staff and students are getting the most suitable building for their school.