Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hope for new School for the Southern Shoalhaven at Milton

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock today (8 Feb 2018) met with the Minister for Education Rob Stokes to reiterate the need for an additional school for the Southern Shoalhaven.

Mrs Hancock said the meeting was extremely productive and received assurances from the Minister that the NSW Government had not ruled out the purchase of the former Shoalhaven Anglican School site at Milton.

“Following a meeting with the Education Minister and staff today, I remain optimistic about the purchase of the Shoalhaven Anglican School site in Milton to provide an additional school in the southern Shoalhaven,” Mrs Hancock said.

“The Minister informed me today that the purchase of the site has not been ruled out. It is still under active consideration by the Department of Education,” she said.

“I presented a detailed submission demonstrating increasing population projections into the future for the Southern Shoalhaven and high current and projected enrolment figures for Milton Public school, Ulladulla Public School and Ulladulla High School.

“I expressed the view that we need to purchase this school as a matter of urgency considering its location and excellent condition as well as discussing the need for a new special school considering the significant enrolment growth at Budawang School in Ulladulla.

“The Minister, whilst cautionary in his response, provided me with some comfort that the proposal to purchase the SAS was still under active consideration and therefore I encourage the community to continue to sign petitions and write to me supporting the purchase.

“Finally, I also reiterated that the community should be involved in any future discussions about options for use of the site. Options might include a new secondary school, a middle school or any other option which the community may suggest.

“The push to purchase Shoalhaven Anglican School site was always about futureproofing the Shoalhaven for future education needs. My priority remains ensuring that students from the southern Shoalhaven are provided with the best possible education and learning environment.

“I remain committed to working with the community and the Minister to achieve this, and will continue to lobby for the site’s purchase,” Mrs Hancock said

To obtain a copy of the petition please call Shelley Hancock’s office on 4421 0222 or visit 1/57 Plunkett Street, Nowra or download from Ulladulla.Info


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