MEMBER for Mallee Andrew Broad has called on the Federal Government to find money for residential upgrades at Longerenong College.
Labor promised $2.2 million for the redevelopment through the Regional Development Australia Fund during the federal election.
But the project now hangs in the balance as the new government decides whether to fund the upgrades.
Mr Broad told the Mail-Times in August that he would ‘climb over mountains to do it’.
He said on Thursday the government would have to make difficult funding decisions.
“We have to find some funding for that one,” he said.
“It is easy for the Labor party to say ‘we were going to do it’ but they knew they were going to lose so they should have done it a long time ago.
“You are living under a rock if you don’t know that we have been spending more than we have been getting in and that is not sustainable.
“We have to find ways of being more efficient and pull our heads in with our expenditure.
“That being said, training for people to be involved in agriculture is a long-term growth investment.”
The college’s two residences were built during the 1940s and 1960s.
They have not been significantly upgraded since then.
Reverse cycle air-conditioning, new hot water services and wireless internet infrastructure will be installed in the residences as part of the planned upgrade.
Longerenong College general manager John Goldsmith said the college would lobby the Federal Government for the money.
“We were well aware that this funding was contingent on the Labor party being elected,” he said.
“Seventy-five per cent of our students come from more than 200 kilometres away.
“This is their life – they come to the Wimmera and live here for two years so it is not just about the academic side of things.”
The Mail-Times reported last month that Wimmera councils could lose more than $1.8 million promised by Labor.
Mr Broad said the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund would replace the Regional Development Australia Fund.