Garden for children

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School children will learn all about the environment with an upgraded wetlands teaching area and science garden at Beaconsfield Primary School if Labor wins the election.

Labor candidate for Latrobe Simon Curtis and member for Gellibrand Tom Watts announced the $35,000 investment on Wednesday.

Students will have access to educational play equipment to facilitate hands on learning in the science garden, as well as access to a permanent collection of science equipment to learn about simple machines, basic science tools, meteorology and renewable energy.

The expanded science learning area will ensure that Beaconsfield Primary school has access to equipment to complement the class-based activities.

“The expanded wetland area will provide a terrace style outdoor learning area adjacent to the beautiful wetland area to allow the children to learn in a natural environment,” Mr Curtis said.

“Investing in our schools and childcare centres is crucial to the development of our children and is at the heart of what the Labor Party is all about.

“This equipment will allow children to explore, learn and be exposed to a variety of high quality experiences on their own terms.”

This $35,000 commitment is on top of the extra $730,000 Beaconsfield Primary School will receive in the first three years of a Labor Government.