Timboon P-12 campaign reaches Spring Street

PARENTS are making a last- minute effort to get the plight of Timboon P-12 School heard in State Parliament. 

More than 1600 people have signed a petition calling on the state government to spend $7 million rebuilding the school, while demolishing ailing classrooms beyond repair. 

Campaigners will on Friday hand over the list to Polwarth MP Terry Mulder to table in the final week of Parliament. 

“We want the state government to take notice,” campaigner Debbie Dalziel said. “Our understanding is that they’re going through their forward estimates.

“We’re keen to get it into the next sitting.” 

“We don’t want to be sitting silently while they’re considering figures for the next budget.”

Despite the school closing for weeks after the discovery of asbestos earlier this year, the government is yet to promise any cash to rebuild parts of the school dating back decades. 

Critics say the previous Labor government had promised millions for the school, but the plans were shelved by the Coalition.

“What the community is saying is we don’t care what you call it. It’s not based on election promises, it’s based on urgent needs,” Ms Dalziel said. 

“We don’t want to be sitting silently while they’re considering figures for the next budget.”

Classrooms at the school swelter over summer months without airconditioning and recent works to remove lead paint have sealed many windows shut. 

The school’s art precinct is overgrown with weeds after being fenced off because of safety concerns. Pressure is on to demolish out-of-use buildings over summer. 

School leaders were snared in a catch-22 earlier this year after being told an “over allocation” of derelict buildings made them ineligible for capital works funding. 

Timboon P-12 principal Rosalie Moorfield said there was “a light at the end of the tunnel” after meeting the Education Department two weeks ago. 

“We won’t be celebrating until all the documents are signed off,” Ms Moorfield said. 

A condition assessment report has found $4 million needs to be spent urgently to bring the school up to grade, particularly maths and science rooms. 

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