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Very, very disappointed. I know how
much our school needs it. I had all my
kids go through there. They really gave
us the idea they would get it this time.
The school serves such a huge area
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE . . .
What did you think about Wonthaggi Secondary College missing
out in the State Budget?
It’s absolutely disgraceful. As a parent
I know the school is too small for the
population. And unsafe. We’d been
encouraged to feel hopeful this time.
We’re completely gutted by this.
It’s all political, one blames the other
and does nothing but if you apply
enough pressure, I know from
experience, they’ll eventually break.
You need a lobbyist or a negotiator to
put the campaign together.
It’s not good, we need an upgrade.
Hopes were high that we’d get it this
time which makes it worse. When you
look at other schools you realise how
small our classrooms are and what
we’re missing out on.
RETRIBUTION was swift after
the Andrews State Government
failed to fund the Wonthaggi Sec-
ondary College’s new senior cam-
pus project in last Tuesday’s State
The Sentinel-Times’ Facebook
page and other social media went
into a frenzy, all critical of the gov-
ernment for raising expectations
with visits and assurances and
dashing our hopes.
Here’s what they had to say:
• Sheryl Spencer: What an abso-
lute disgrace! The building is fall-
ing down, the teachers are, on the
whole, brilliant, trying to educate
kids who want to learn, in the most
appalling conditions - what has to
happen to get funding? The build-
ing collapsing on some students?
• Sharon Miller: Considering it’s
the only public high school for a
large area this is disgusting.
• Michael Schuller: That’s what
happens in a ‘safe seat’. Funding
goes to electorates that can change
government, not this strangely con-
servative voting corner of the state.
• Lisa Davidson: What an abso-
lute joke. Once again the country
kids miss out. Education is impor-
tant and they should be educated
in safe, warm and modern environ-
• Jodie Dalmau: I’ll give you an
update. I finished school there in
1989 and the only upgrades since
are the four portables out the
back, a couple of garden beds and
• David Norton: Safe conserva-
tive seats are always ignored, how
about the express coaches and ex-
tension of the Inverloch V/line to
• Kellie Walker: Our area really
needs this. So typical of all politi-
cal parties to make promises. Our
area needs as much good educa-
tion & facilities as possible, the
current ones are bloody old. In
private enterprise they would have
depreciated to zero - it’s bloody
hopeless. Instead they are putting
bloody stupid cables on the edge
of roads and built that desal plant
we pay big bucks for every damn
Kelly Hamilton: Wonthaggi
gets nothing. No funding for a
new high school, no sub-regional
hospital, minimal housing, court
house with no disabled access etc.
The list goes on, we miss out!
• Ange Forrest: Bastards, coun-
try schools need help. I went to
Wonthaggi and that building has
not changed much over the last 40
Jodie Dalmau: Seriously?
Guttered again. How many times
has this happened now? Just
• June Laycock: Typical Govern-
ment, always leave the important
funding go. Do they not have any
idea for the future that this area
will keep growing, as more hu-
mans move out to the rural areas?
• Sandy Bowers: Disgraceful.
They are spending a fortune on
the road which never change, in-
stead of improving education for
our Country areas. Very disap-
pointed with this result
• Joanna Johnson: God I’m sick
of the State v Federal war on this.
So sick of the politics. Federal
Government owe Victorian State
government millions - where is
• LJ Von Sexton: Let’s start a
Gofund me page and raise money.
Clearly we have to help each other
because the MPs have turned their
backs on us.
• Noel Duffy: But they can give
over $50 million to Phillip Island
Nature Parks, clearly internation-
al tourists and far more important
than educating our kids!
They don’t like state’s attitude to Wonthaggi
As difficult, nigh on impossible, as the senior campus of the Wonthaggi Secondary College is to main-
tain, maintenance manager Darren Martin has denied there is any risk from asbestos. m411917
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