Adjournment: Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre

Mr SOUTHWICK (Caulfield) (17:09:10) — (13 846) If I could also just wish a very merry Christmas and a happy new year to all of the members of Parliament, the staff of the Parliament and everybody associated with this great house.

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Families and Children, and the action that I seek is that the minister deliver on the 2014 funding promise to all neighbourhood houses, and in particular my house, the Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre. Philippa Caris, who is the executive officer there, does a fantastic job. The Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre has been excluded from applying for recurrent funding under the neighbourhood coordination program. This exclusion has occurred due to the three-year funding rounds being rolled over, which has blocked the Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre’s ability to apply for neighbourhood funding.

Since 2009 the Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre has expanded rapidly, and it now delivers three to four times the service volume as comparable neighbourhood houses that receive recurrent funding, including delivering 72 000 student contact hours in 2016, up almost 20 per cent since 2014, and having 446 enrolled students in 2016, up 30 per cent from 2014 — and it has not received any funding at all. In fact the previous Liberal-Nationals government increased funding to neighbourhood houses in 2014, and that was the last time funding for neighbourhood houses was increased in Victoria despite Labor promising to do so in the 2014 election campaign.

I conclude by asking the Minister for Families and Children to give the Glen Eira neighbourhood centre their justly deserved funding and the Christmas present that they deserve.