McCurdy’s budget hopes

High school funding tops local wishlist, while State Government accused of CFA cuts

SCHOOLS, firefighters and community groups will have their fingers crossed this week ahead of next Tuesday’s State Budget announcement.

Tim McCurdy (MLA, Murray Valley) yesterday warned of another tight budget, but said he has stated his case for key Wangaratta projects.

He said his priority has been high school funding, including the third and final stage of Wangaratta High School’s redevelopment, worth $10 million.

“I honestly don’t know, I can only put up my case,” Mr McCurdy said.

“There may be an opportunity to split that, ideally we’d like to do it in one swoop.”

He met with Wangaratta High School principal, Heather Sarau, last month to discuss the option of funding the gymnasium and classroom renovations as separate projects.

“Wangaratta seems to be an area that takes a lot more vulnerable families and there seems to be a lack of funding,” he said.

The United Firefighters Union (UFU) this week revealed that $40 million could be cut from the Country Fire Authority (CFA) budget after it obtained leaked documents from a meeting between local group officers and CFA command.

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