Hughesdale and Carnegie Primary Upgrades

MR DIMOPOULOS (Oakleigh) — Last Monday I was back at Hughesdale Primary School in the electorate of Oakleigh. It is always a special thing to visit my old school. It was even better to be able to announce $3.52 million, funded in this year’s Labor budget, for an upgrade with a new two-storey building, eight classrooms and an elevator. I think the elevator was the most exciting thing for the kids when I announced it. Last year we provided money for planning and a year later funding. That is progress. It is a 93-year-old school, and I recall under the Liberal government in the 1990s it was threatened with closure. It now has over 500 students. There was not a lot of forward thinking with those school sites being sold off for development in the 1990s. I thank principal Craig Tanner, president Rozelle Azad, Sara-Jane, Angus and all members of the school council, the teachers, parents and kids for working with us closely over the last two years to get a fantastic result for the Hughesdale community.

Last week I also visited the Carnegie Primary School, another school that was threatened with closure by a Liberal government. It was only just saved and now it is almost at capacity. I was back there to announce an extra $1.5 million in capital funding to make their planned upgrade even better. In last year’s budget we provided Carnegie Primary School with $4 million, so that is now $5.5 million for this fantastic school. It will mean a new gymnasium, a performing arts centre and renovations to make a modern building for the prep students. Well done to Linda Jones, Michael McCarthy, school president Susan Harper, the school council, parents and students. I am thrilled for the school. It will continue to thrive with state-of-the-art facilities. I also thank the Minister for Education and the Treasurer.