The backflip by the Labor State Government on 23 May that it will back down on any sale of the former Kyneton Primary School is a win for the community.
Following the presentation on the petition of 1,643 signatures to the Legislative Assembly of the Parliament of Victoria by Opposition Leader Matthew Guy MP on 9 May and the announcement by the Liberal/Nationals to keep the site in public hands, community pressure has been mounting in recent weeks for the State Government to finally rule out selling the site.
While cautiously welcoming Labor’s backflip, community members are questioning what this really means for the future of the site, how long it will take for the next uncertain round of consultation to be conducted by the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership (LCRP) and why the hugely expensive State Government-funded Master Plan process with a now abandoned options report was even conducted.
Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Macedon, Amanda Millar:
“This is a complete backflip by Labor who have finally been forced to match the commitment made by the Liberal/Nationals to keep the former Kyneton Primary School site in public hands.”
“This is a win for the community. I am enormously proud the Liberal Party played a key role in raising these voices in the Parliament to achieve this backdown by the Labor State Government.”
“It is disappointing that so much State Government money was wasted on an expensive Master Plan process – now abandoned – only to lead into a whole new and uncertain Government-led process from here. The community is already asking how long will this take and what does it all mean for the future of this significant site?”