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Amphitheatre Primary School building saved; but still no local jobs.



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Federal Member for Wannon

Hamilton Office 190 Gray St, HAMILTON VIC 3300 Warrnambool Office 73 Kepler St WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Freecall 1300 131 692 E David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au W www.davidhawker.com.au

Federal Member for Wannon

24 June 2009

AMPHITHEATRE PRIMARY SCHOOL BUILDING SAVED - BUT STILL NO LOCAL JOBS

Community outrage and the support of local MP David Hawker has saved Amphitheatre Primary School’s historic main building. Mr Hawker visited Amphitheatre Primary School last week where he congratulated the community for mounting its campaign against Labor’s Building the Education Revolution regulations.

The reversal occurred after the Amphitheatre community expressed outrage at the Government’s proposed developments for the school, including demolishing a much-loved historic school building.

Parents from Amphitheatre were furious that they have had building plans forced upon them, and the only two options given to them by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) were to demolish their 130-year-old school building and have portables installed or refurbish the school building but have their cooking and office facilities demolished.

“I am delighted that the Amphitheatre community outcry has been heard, and that the old school building will be saved from being demolished and the cooking and office facilities will be retained. It is still unacceptable that work for this project will be tendered out to a big city company, instead of employing local builders,” Mr Hawker said.

“Small businesses in country communities should be prime targets for tenders from this type of funding, but they are being locked out with a policy clearly favouring large operators. This is yet another case of the city-centric government who have little regard for country businesses and communities, many of whom are struggling in this time of economic stress.

“It is the Opposition’s job to hold the Government to account for its promises and programs. That is one of the reasons why we have launched a new website, www.educationforaustralia.com.au.

“We are encouraging school communities who are experiencing difficulties with any Government program to visit the website and share their frustrations,” Mr Hawker said.

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