Media Release

30 October 2018

Smith: Liberal Nationals pledge to upgrade Highview College

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Liberal Nationals pledge to upgrade Highview College

The Liberal Nationals are committed to investing in education facilities in our regions to ease the local population squeeze.

That’s why a Liberal Nationals Government will commit $4.28 million to construct a Science Complex and modernise the STEM facilities at Highview College in Maryborough.

This announcement follows the Liberal Nationals commitment of $400 million for capital upgrades for non-government schools.

The Liberal Nationals support a strong public and private education system because we believe in giving parents choice and children the best opportunities.

A critically important part of that choice is for parents to have the option of low-fee, independent and Catholic schools.

Highview College was established in 1974 as the first Ecumenical school in the world. 426 students from six local government areas are currently enrolled.

Science is a growing area of focus for the school but its current STEM centre is in poor condition with out-of-date facilities.

This investment indicates the importance the Liberal Nationals place in STEM education and preparing young people to tackle the high-tech jobs of the future.

Daniel Andrews has lost control of population growth and it’s putting enormous strain on our local schools.

The Liberal Nationals believe the only way to get back in control of population growth is to decentralise our state, ensuring key services are readily available for families in regional Victoria.

Only the Liberal Nationals are committed to ensuring students have the 21st century facilities they deserve.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith:

“Highview College is an outstanding regional school. Students wanting to spend more time learning STEM subjects need to be supported with the best possible learning environments and with access to the technology they are learning about.

A facilities upgrade will support teachers in delivering STEM subjects, knowing they have the necessary resources to help their students excel.

Only the Liberal Nationals will get back in control of population growth by investing in our local schools and give students every chance they need to pursue a quality education.”

Comments attributable to Member for Ripon, Louise Staley:

“This is fantastic news for Highview College and I am delighted to announce this funding for a much-needed upgrade.

The new STEM centre will provide students access to new, modern facilities to increasing their learning and, opportunities to grow in the areas of chemistry, biology and physics.

Highview College has a long history of providing quality education to Maryborough and surrounding communities and this new STEM centre will allow them to continue to deliver high quality, educational outcomes.”