“No to stadiums, yes to education and yes to health”
That was the message Country Labor candidate Beau Riley re-enforced at Thursday’s Combined Pensioners and Superannuates Forum where Michael Begg (Sustainable Australia), Brenden May (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers) and Paul Toole (The Nationals) were also in attendance with Timothy Hansen (Keep Sydney Open) and David Harvey (The Greens) absent.
Riley addressed questions surrounding the capacities of certain Bathurst schools, in particular Bathurst High School.
“My job would be to jump up and down, fight, talk, argue and scratch if I have to get a new high school, and that would be a priority for me if elected”, Riley answered.
The Bathurst electorate candidate has been vocal on his Facebook page in support of funding towards education stating that Country Labor is “committed to fixing [$6 million dollars of maintenance] backlog and getting schools back up to ship shape running capacity because we know kids learn better when they have the facilities to initiate that“.
Riley also said funds would be allocated to fixing $910,000 worth of maintenance backlog at Kelso Public School coupled by a promise to “put air conditioning in all schools”.
At the community forum Mr Riley also proposed the expansion of Eglinton Public School as a measure to addressing the increasing student numbers throughout Bathurst.
However current Bathurst MP Paul Toole argued at the forum that the State Government in conjunction with the Department of Education is unable to purchase land surrounding Eglinton Public School without the owners will to sell.
“The owner has to sell it. You can’t buy something that he doesn’t actually sell, but they [Government and Department of Education] are talking to him about buying the land“, Toole explained.