It was wonderful to see that Julia Gillard is taking a great interest in the standards of literacy and numeracy, new, fairer funding structures across both public and private schools and more funding for disadvantaged schools.

Can I please add to the wish list?

I ask for a policy change and funding to remove all chipbark from underneath play equipment at all special schools in Australia, and replaced with suitable rubber matting, to ensure the health and safety of disabled children.

I have written to the Honourable Peter Garrett and asked about the chipbark removal. It was considered a state policy funding matter.

When I asked the question of the Honourable Martin Dixon, it was considered a school policy funding matter.

Since then I have met with Maree Edwards MP, the state member for Bendigo West,

She was concerned about the issue, wonderful and supportive, and she raised this matter in the Victorian Parliament on 6th June 2012.

Ms Edwards is putting in a request for the removal of chip bark in all special schools and the replacement with rubber matting for the next draft platform for the next state election.

I will be crossing my fingers and toes for the draft plan to be accepted.

How come a state member for Bendigo West can recognise that this is an important issue that affects the health and safety of our disabled children and the federal government passes the buck?

Is it not important enough for Julia Gillard to action?

Sherrelle Moore,


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