Money was announced for much needed work to be done on some of our run down schools ( especially secondary schools) Timboon P-12 is riddled with asbestos and lead which the government has ignored for years, suddenly there is money for a new school ( no money budgeted for demolishing the old building or money for a new admin block)
Ballarat High School had a visit from the Minister yesterday who promised $7.8 million for the school plus another ten million to come ( if they are re-elected) This got everyone excited until the budget was released today and they discovered that they get only $1 million this coming financial year ( even though the minister said 'all the money would be transferred into their bank this year'!)
No special money I could see for rural education in spite of the auditor generals report on the gap between rural and metropolitan schools.
Smoke and mirrors.
Grade 6 students today wrote a diary entry as if they were First Mate Starbuck on the Pequod writing their last letter to his loved ones. They did a very good job of them.
I was to attend a meeting at Ballarat High this afternoon but as I was crossing the road to attend the meeting a runaway car drove down the footpath and smashed into the fence just metres away from a major gas main.
The driver wasn't hurt ( the miracle of airbags) but I was glad I had to wait on the median strip for traffic to pass and wasn't across the road when he hit. It is also a good thing it happened at five o'clock and not four o'clock otherwise there would have been children standing there. Need less to say the meeting was cancelled.