THE Victorian Shadow Education Minister Tim Smith will visit Echuca Specialist School to experience the deplorable conditions first-hand.
Earlier this year, the school was shocked when it was abandoned by the Victorian Government in its budget, having missed out on $11 million in funding to move into the new Twin Rivers School.
Since then the school council, parents, students and staff have fought to have the decision reversed so the Specialist School can move before 2021. They say the situation, which includes raw sewage seeping through the ground and into school sinks, is dire.
Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said it was appalling children with the greatest need were being treated with the least respect.
Mr Walsh met with school council president Scott Morrison and a delegation of parents to discuss the way forward on Thursday last week.
Mr Walsh invited the shadow minister to Echuca and said he was pleased to announce he would visit.
‘‘He is acutely aware of the issues affecting Echuca Specialist School and he has given me strong support in the many times I have raised these issues in Parliament,’’ Mr Walsh said.
‘‘The community has united in protest and the shadow minister and I stand firmly with them.
‘‘I still hold out hope the Labor Government will realise that the decision they made was wrong.
‘‘They have made a grave error in judgement and they should reverse their decision and immediately provide the funding required to complete the vision for a shared experience of students from Echuca Specialist, Echuca South and Echuca West primary schools.
‘‘We must continue this fight.’’
The date of the shadow minister’s visit is still being confirmed.