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New Tech Centre for Rowville Primary School

Liberal Nationals to spend on STEM centre at Rowville Primary School

A Liberal Nationals Government will provide a $250,000 upgrade for Rowville Primary School to establish a STEM Learning Centre to regenerate learning at the school.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) is a vital part of the school curriculum for this generation of students.

Daniel Andrews has lost control of population growth and our local schools are falling behind with a lack of much needed education facilities.

The Liberal Nationals have a plan to address the pressures caused by unchecked population growth and get ahead of school infrastructure needs, by upgrading the facilities at Rowville Primary School. New classroom fit-outs, technology upgrades and other facilities will enable teachers to open up new areas of the STEM curriculum to students.

Rowville Primary currently runs a weekly STEM program for students from year 3 to year 6, where all the students create a digital portfolio to display their work. In 2018, Rowville started a partnership with Young Engineers to foster the connections and skills students need to excel in STEM.

With 440 students enrolled at Rowville Primary, the grant will provide modern, updated technology and facilities to a large number of students who can fully explore their interest in STEM subjects at school.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith:

“Rowville Primary School is an outstanding local primary school. Students wanting to spend more time learning STEM subjects need to be supported with the best possible learning environments and with access to the technology they are learning about. A facilities upgrade will support teachers in delivering STEM subjects, knowing they have the necessary resources to help their students excel.

The Liberal Nationals are committed to providing new STEM facilities at Rowville Primary School and giving local students every chance they need to pursue a quality education.”

Comments attributable to Member for Rowville, Kim Wells:

“Parents in the Knox community are keen to see their children have the best education possible and they should be able to send their children to a quality school in their local area.

The Andrews Labor Government has ignored schools in the Rowville electorate for four long years. This funding commitment means that students will now be able to enjoy the facilities they deserve.

Rowville Primary School have been seeking extra funding for new technology facilities since 2010, and Labor did not match my 2014 commitment to deliver this. I am very glad that the Liberal Nationals are now able to support the school to ensure this funding is provided.”

 

Minister for Energy questioned on Electricity Supply Interruptions

Mr WELLS (Rowville) 

Constituency question – 20/09/18

 My question is again to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Minister, what reasonable precautions do you recommend businesses take to mitigate against ‘risk of loss or damage to their equipment, premises or business’ from electricity supply interruptions, as stated in section 16(c) of the Electricity Distribution Code? Minister, 69 businesses in my Rowville electorate were asking themselves this question when for the second time in August they had less than 2 hours notice that Ausnet Services had again cancelled the planned maintenance to their power supply due to weather. Ausnet Services, in their denials of compensation to business owners, did not even once acknowledge the impact of two cancellations for businesses who lost wages and interrupted their manufacturing processes and supply chains for nothing.

The State Governments mismanagement of the Energy Sector hitting everyday Victorians

Mr Wells (Rowville)

Members Statement – 18/09/18

This statement condemns the terrible state of Victoria’s power sector, which is seeing a spike in power disconnections, bill shock and supply issues. Despite Victoria’s world-class coal and natural gas reserves, the state government’s mismanagement of the energy sector is hitting everyday Victorians. Victorians are reeling as they receive huge winter energy bills as a result of Labor’s botched energy policies. One lady in my electorate, a pensioner, was in tears discussing her quarterly $3700 electricity bill. Luckily her family stepped in to help. Unfortunately over winter her solar panels had not accrued a single cent of credit — so much for renewables.

For the second time in August 69 businesses in my electorate missed a day of work, losing wages and interrupting the manufacturing and supply chains, due to planned maintenance which was cancelled at the last minute. This means delays until the maintenance can be completed. AusNet Services have denied businesses any compensation for their losses. The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change has not even replied to their complaints, let alone to mine.

The number of Victorians who were disconnected from essential services jumped a huge 25 per cent in the winter quarter, the most difficult time to be without heating, light and hot water. Electricity disconnections have gone up by more than 82 per cent since December 2017. Labor’s failure to keep electricity prices under control means more and more Victorians are unable to afford life’s basics.

$5 million upgrade for Scoresby Secondary College

Liberal Nationals to upgrade Scoresby Secondary College

A Liberal Nationals Government will commit $5 million to upgrade facilities at Scoresby Secondary College.

With more than 230 students and families at Scoresby and an overwhelming growth in Year 7 enrolments, there is a huge demand for better educational facilities in Knox.

This $5 million upgrade will dramatically improve classrooms and other educational buildings at Scoresby Secondary College.

For far too long, Knox schools have been overlooked by the Labor Government, leaving schools like Scoresby with poorly maintained buildings that are in desperate need of upgrades.

Parents want to send their children to decent, safe, well-maintained schools, and students deserve to be able to go to a local school nearby, without compromising their educational choices.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith:

“Scoresby Secondary College has achieved some outstanding academic results and have a strong and supportive school culture.

The Liberal Nationals are committed to redeveloping Scoresby Secondary College and give local students every chance they need to pursue a quality education.”

Comments attributable to Member for Rowville, Kim Wells:

“Parents in the Knox community are keen to see their children have the best education possible and they should be able to send their children to a quality school in their local area.

The Andrews Labor Government has ignored schools in the Rowville electorate for four long years. This funding commitment means that students will now be able to enjoy the facilities they deserve.”

Comments attributable to Member for Ferntree Gully, Nick Wakeling:

“Scoresby Secondary College has supported some high achieving students, with a strong teaching focus, and whose staff work incredibly hard.

This upgrade will ensure that Scoresby Secondary College has good quality classrooms and educational facilities for Knox students for years to come.”

Rowville Businesses suffering due to AusNet power cuts

Mr Wells (Rowville)

Constituency Question – 4/9/18

My question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Minister, will your government offer compensation to the 69 commercial and manufacturing businesses in my electorate of Rowville who have been told by AusNet Services that for the second time in a month they will lose power supply for another whole business day? Continue reading

Daniel Andrews wasted millions of taxpayer dollars to stop investigation into red shirts

Mr Wells (Rowville)

Members Statement – 4/9/18

This statement notes the Legislative Council Privileges Committee report tabled on 23 August in the other place which found Labor’s red shirts scheme adversely affected the reputation of the Parliament. The Premier’s contempt for the Victorian public, however, is deeper than ever. Continue reading

Minister for Public Transport questioned on Rowville Rail funding

Mr Wells (Rowville)

Constituency question – 23/8/18

My question is to the Minister for Public Transport. Minister, now that the Liberal-Nationals have committed to a public transport overlay on all public land for the land corridor needed for the Rowville rail, can you advise the Rowville electorate residents what funding you will provide to match the federal government’s recent announcement of a $475 million funding commitment? Continue reading

The Rowville rail land corridor will be protected by a Matthew Guy-led Liberal-Nationals government

Mr Wells (Rowville)

Members Statement – 21/8/18

This statement confirms the Liberal-Nationals next step in pushing for a rail line to Rowville. The Rowville rail land corridor will be protected by a Matthew Guy-led Liberal-Nationals government under planning provisions. At a packed Rowville rail forum held on Friday, 10 August, organised by Mick Van de Vreede, Darren Wallace and their team, Knox residents made it very clear they need more action on Rowville rail. New planning provisions will be the next step towards a rail line all the way to Rowville. A planning overlay on public land will prevent land in the rail corridor being used for anything other than public transport. Continue reading

Scoresby CFA scores new $2.5 million Station

Scoresby CFA scores $2.5 million station upgrade

State Member for Rowville, Kim Wells and Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin today announced that an elected Liberal Nationals Government will fund a new $2.5 million CFA station in Scoresby.

The Liberal Nationals will join with the Scoresby CFA to jointly fund the construction of a new CFA station at the current site on Sara Road, Scoresby, contributing $1.5 million towards the build.

The Scoresby CFA will contribute $1 million from existing assets and community fundraising efforts, reflecting the dedicated commitment of the volunteer brigade of 60 members which attends around 600 callouts each year.

The new larger station is designed to suit larger urban areas, such as Scoresby, which services call-outs to local residential areas, large commercial and industrial areas, parklands, Eastlink and Knox Council facilities. The new station will have the capacity to accommodate a pumper, tanker, hoselayer and a 4WD vehicle with 3-4 drive through motor bays.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin:

“The Liberal Nationals rebuilt or upgraded more than 250 CFA stations when last in government and we are committed to continuing our strong tradition of supporting the CFA.

These new facilities will improve the health and safety for all volunteers so they can continue to keep not only Rowville, but all Victorians safe.

The Liberal Nationals are building a safer Victoria by ensuring Scoresby is better protected from the threat of fires and other emergencies than ever before.”

Comments attributable to Member for Rowville, Kim Wells:

“It is vital that the Scoresby community has the resources it needs to fight fires and protect our communities when we need help the most and this new facility will provide that.

This investment will provide our hardworking firefighters with the necessary equipment and facilities to accommodate firefighting vehicles and train firefighting crews. This will be an enormous benefit to Scoresby, the City of Knox and the surrounding communities for years to come.

Only a Matthew Guy led Liberal Nationals Government will fund this important infrastructure project, which will strengthen Knox’s emergency services.”