Originally written by WAYNE DREW
BAIMBRIDGE College will continue to push for funding to build a new science block, despite already having two funding applications rejected.
Member for Lowan, Hugh Delahunty, has gone in to bat for the school.
“I have asked the Education Minister to review the advice given to the Federal Government regarding the application for Baimbridge College in the science and language centre round of the economic stimulus package grants,” Mr Delahunty said.
Baimbridge College assistant principal Rosemary Morgan said the college welcomed Mr Delahunty’s support.
“We’re grateful for his effort on our behalf,” Ms Morgan said.
“Hopefully with his support something will come of it.”
Mr Delahunty said Baimbridge College was in desperate need of funding to upgrade its facilities.
“There is a very clear need for a new science centre at the college,” he said.
“The college’s submission addressed the requirement to show disadvantage and that it has in place strong partnerships between the college and the community.
“Baimbridge College is concerned about the inequity of missing out on funding when three schools in the Portland district, 85 kilometres away, received funding.”
Baimbridge College has already had two applications rejected under the Building Futures program.
“This rejection of the school’s application for capital funding is another major disappointment for the Baimbridge College community,” he said.
The college has received maintenance funding only from the Government since its establishment in 1994.
“The outdated facilities do nothing to inspire the interest of students; the facilities need renovation and consolidation,” Mr Delahunty said.
“Laboratory technicians have to cross Mt Baimbridge Rd, which separates two campuses, with chemicals and practical equipment and cannot do their jobs effectively with the current set-up.”
Mr Delahunty said there were also occupational health and safety issues for staff, students and the general public resulting from trying to move equipment and chemicals across a busy open road between campuses.
“Community and students’ perception of the sciences at the college is diminished due to the poor standards of the rooms,” he said.
“On behalf of the Baimbridge College school community and the wider Hamilton community I asked the Minister to assist with funding for a new science centre which would ensure that the government school sector has the facilities to provide quality science education in Hamilton and the surrounding community.”