Britnell says NO to Special Development School

Funding for Warrnambool’s Special Development School is being used by the Liberal Party as a political pawn for next year's state election, says Western District MP James Purcell.

Local Liberal MP Roma Britnell has refused to garner her party's support for urgent funding for the school.

“I was shocked that Ms Britnell refused to try to convince her Liberal party to commit to fund the special school because it was too far out from next year’s election,” said Mr Purcell.

“Our region is a stronghold for the Liberal party and they should have enough respect for our region to support us at all times, rather than ignore us unless the election is imminent.

"Ms Britnell needs to put politics aside, step up now and help me get some of the major projects  funded in our region."

Mr Purcell has a unique position in the Legislative Council, holding the deciding vote on many bills.

"Over the next 12 months I intend to use my position to get results for our region. I may have to step on a few toes to get action," he said.

Mr Purcell met with Treasurer Tim Pallas and Liberal MP Roma Britnell to plead the case for funding for the Warrnambool Special Development School last week.

“I was very happy with the Treasurer's help and have spoken with Education Minister James Merlino, who was supportive, but I was shocked by Ms Britnell’s response.

“The Liberals hold Ms Britnell’s seat by over 20 percent, but this doesn't mean they should take it for granted.

“We are still a year out from the election, which is a long time for our Special Development school to wait just so their issue can be used to secure the Liberal seat in the next election."