MPs name schools as their top priority in budget

SCHOOLS are once again at the top of Moreland’s State Budget wish list.

Local state MPs hope this week’s 2013-14 budget will include funding to expand Brunswick Secondary College, rebuild Westbreen Primary in Pascoe Vale, and fund Coburg Junior High.

It is hoped there will also be money for the council’s major overhaul of Oak Park Aquatic Centre, (costed at $46m in 2011) and grade separation at Glenroy Rd railway crossing, estimated to cost between $ 40m and $150m.

Pascoe Vale state Labor MP Christine Campbell said her top three priorities were rebuilding Westbreen Primary School, noise walls on the M80 Western Ring Road at Glenroy and Gowanbrae, and $900,000 to extend the Upfield shared pathway between Box Forest Rd and the Western Ring Rd.

She also wants funds for toilet block refurbishment at Pascoe Vale Primary School and sealing the carpark at Merlynston Station.

Brunswick state Labor MP Jane Garrett said her funding hopes were for expansion and modernisation of Brunswick Secondary College, reinstating the Hope Street bus service and improving traffic safety around schools.

‘‘Clearly there is a need to address the Government’s deep cuts to education and health, and improvements to public transport and bike infrastructure,’’ she said.

Moreland Leader, Melbourne

06 May 2013