Labor’s 21/22 State Budget handed down today has left the community with more questions than answers as to when Officer Secondary College will get their promised school bus service.
Following Labor’s failure to publish their full budget papers last year, Officer Secondary was told they were to get a new bus service but the Government have remained silent on the actual timeline.
Today’s budget papers reveal new bus services announced in the 20/21 were all not going to be delivered on time, with only 18 of the targeted 31 services being delivered on time.
Further, the complete funding for the program announced last year for the promised new bus routes will not be handed down until the fourth quarter of the 21/22 financial year.
This has left Liberal State Member for Gembrook Brad Battin MP concerned Officer Secondary College students could be waiting until the middle of next year before they receive a school bus.
“It is unacceptable for the Andrews Labor Government to promise a school bus for Officer Secondary College after years of pleas to the government and then to not provide one for over 18 months.” Mr Battin explains.
Despite Officer Secondary College having over 1000 students, they are yet to be granted a school bus service due to Labor’s cost blowouts.
“This is just another example of empty promises from the Labor Government” argues Mr Battin.
With Officer not receiving a new bus service since the Andrews Labor Government have been in power despite the rapid increase in population, Mr Battin is calling on Labor to provide the service immediately to ensure students can get to school independently and safely.