Mr NORTHE (Morwell) — I raise an adjournment matter for the attention of the Minister for Education. The action I seek is for the minister to make plans for the Morwell Primary School regeneration project publicly available to our community. This project, to which the coalition had committed $13 million, seeks to consolidate on the one site three primary schools, those being Commercial Road Primary School, Tobruk Street Primary School and Morwell Primary School. Through this project the coalition also aimed to assist with the redevelopment of Morwell Park Primary School. Labor had committed only $12 million to the project. It certainly acknowledged the fact that $10.45 million was provided in the 2015–16 budget for this purpose.
However, the scope of works excluded Morwell Park Primary School, which caused particular angst for that school community. We currently have work activity on the site, and many curious members of our local community have sought to access plans to see what the completed school might look like. There have been previous discussions around the integration of preschool services, including the possibility of maternal health services and even educational and training opportunities for parents. Therefore the final detail of the plan is very important for understanding what is included and what is not.
Government members have been undertaking media events around this project and have made quite a fuss about the fact that they have visited the region and viewed the plans. It is simply not good enough for Labor members of Parliament to access the plans in lieu of our local community members. I note a web page has been set up which gives an overview of the project, and it states:
Planning for this exciting project has been completed and construction is now underway.
Again there is no absolutely no detail on the final plans. With respect to the development of the school and other infrastructure projects, such as the $73 million that the coalition allocated to redevelop the Latrobe Regional Hospital, we want to make sure that local people have opportunities for participating in these local works. Concerns have been raised with me on a number of occasions about the lack of information coming from government about local people being engaged and local business people being able to participate in these projects. That information appears to be lacking.
We want to also make sure that the government is aware of the major private projects that are occurring in our region, such as the Esso pipeline replacement project. Again, it is frustrating for many local contractors who are qualified to participate in this work but simply do not seem to be provided with the opportunity. These projects are important to our local community as well. I call upon the Minister for Education to make publicly available the plans for the Morwell Primary School regeneration project