Students in South West Victoria will soon have better facilities, thanks to a boost of more than $40 million for school maintenance funding.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced 9 of the 436 schools across Victoria that will share in $41.6 million to upgrade old buildings under the Andrews Labor Government’s Planned Maintenance Program.
The schools in South West Victoria to receive funding under the program are:
- Casterton Primary School ($45,000)
- Merino Consolidated School ($40,000)
- Hawkesdale P12 College ($5,000)
- Heywood Consolidated School ($5,000)
- Heywood District Secondary College ($13,000)
- Portland North Primary School ($93,000)
- Portland South Primary School ($42,000)
- Warrnambool East Primary School ($35,000)
- Warrnambool West Primary School ($123,000)
The Andrews Labor Government supports schools through the Planned Maintenance Program so that they can refurbish, demolish, or replace buildings that fall below minimum standards.
Sixty-five schools shared in $10.8 million under the first round of funding earlier this year, which was provided to complement capital works projects funded at those schools in the Victorian Budget 2016/17.
Today’s announcement means a total of 501 schools will share in a record investment of $52.4 million in school maintenance this year.
A list of schools to receive upgrades under round two of the Planned Maintenance Program is available at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Schools/Planned-Maintenance-Funding.aspx.
The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school.
There are now 42 new government schools and hundreds of school upgrades in the construction pipeline following the Government’s record $1.8 billion investment in school infrastructure.
This school building boom will create 4000 construction jobs and ensure all Victorian families have access to a great school no matter where they live.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“These are all great schools and this funding boost will mean their facilities can be upgraded to match the high quality teaching and learning environment the school provides.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“This funding boost will allow hundreds more Victorian schools to replace or upgrade buildings on poor condition so that our teachers and students have the first-rate facilities they deserve.”