Victorian State Election, 2018
The recent by-election in the seat of Longman (Qld) highlighted for many the influence of Catholic school parents in shaping the focus of politics (see The Australian article from 4 August). With Victorians going to our own State Poll in November, I thought it would be informative for all parents in our community to know the views of both the Labour and Liberal candidates for the seat of Sunbury, especially on where they stand on a number of issues important to our College. I met with both candidates in recent weeks and we discussed matters including:
1. State funding for Catholic Education in Victoria?
2. Public bus transport in the Macedon/Sunbury region?
3. Improving traffic flow in Sunbury, especially out of our driveway into Macedon St/Riddell Rd?
4. Government support for the VET in schools program [eg. Hospitality, Agriculture, Plumbing]?
5. Improving the availability and quality of sporting and arts infrastructure in Sunbury, including on our own Rupertswood Estate?
This week, I welcome feedback from Cassandra Marr (Liberal for Sunbury). See below:
1. Funding for Catholic Education in Victoria
Catholic school communities already raise 80 per cent of every dollar they spend on capital works, the essential bricks and mortar parts of school facilities. That takes a real burden off the public purse by ensuring government funds go a long, long way.
In the 2018/19 budget, there is an allocation of $1.3 billion for new schools and existing school upgrades, but not one new dollar for Catholic and independent schools that educate 37 per cent of Victorian students.
The Liberal Nationals are committed to providing choice to Victorian parents in education, noting there is a greater proportion of Victorian students in Catholic and independent schools than any other state in Australia.
2. Public Bus transport in the Sunbury/Macedon region
Easing congestion on our roads is fundamental to our liveability and part of that is to look at our public transport network and how were we can improve it. It’s without a doubt that public transport within the Sunbury and surround areas has had increasing pressure put on it as the town grows. This is why I am reaching out to residents to find out what services they want to see more of as well as frequency to see what areas need the most urgent attention. If you haven’t let me know please contact me via www.cassandramarr.com.au
3. Improving traffic flow in Sunbury
Traffic congestion is a major issue not only for Sunbury but also for the state of Victoria. We have committed to removing the intersection at Gap and Horne via grade separation as part of our 55 intersection removal program. I am advocating that we put forward the Macedon St/Riddell Rd intersection up for consideration for the remaining 22 intersections to be removed and I am looking for your support by having your say and filling in the details below so we can continue to improve Sunbury for the future. http://www.getvictoriamoving.com.au/intersectionremoval/#content-section-4
4. Funding for VET courses, such as Hospitality, Agriculture, Building/Construction, etc.
Making sure that we have alternative pathways for students is essential to us having a well-rounded community. This is why having Vet courses available is essential for our community. Sadly there are 145,900 fewer students in TAFE today than in 2014 when Labor came to power. Many employers and small businesses that I speak with are desperate to employ skilled workers, but can't find any. This is why we need to continue to support the VET sector and ensure that there are a variety of options available to students.
5. Funding support for a Community Sports & Arts Facilities at Rupertswood
Local sport is a must for me as it is what I grew up with playing Softball, Squash and Basketball and in order to do that we need to ensure that we have the right facilities to play in. That’s why we are committed to supporting local sporting clubs and not the AFL. This is why I am advocating for improvements for the Rupertswood Football and Netball Club to help improve the facilities so players and supporters have the best experience possible playing the game they love.
I have always been a fan of the Arts and always enjoyed going to the theater and other performances (although I don’t get as much of a chance at the moment with two young children). I will certainly encourage my children to be involved in the arts as they get older. I was involved in arts and drama throughout high school and made many lifelong friends. I feel that art and drama provide students with many skills including confidence building and public speaking. There are certainly many benefits to improved performance facilities in our schools and I will happily investigate this further.
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