The Andrews Labor Government will inject $201,000 into local schools throughout South West, to ensure each student can thrive in a safe, modern and comfortable environment.
Four South West schools will be the beneficiaries of the maintenance grant funding including:
– Woolsthorpe Primary School- $112,000
– Brauer Secondary College- $44,000
– Portland North Primary School- $32,000
– Port Fairy Consolidated School- $13,000
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP welcomed the news and said schools could use the grants in a variety of ways to improve their facilities and ensure each child can reach their full potential.
Ms Tierney also said teachers must be in the best position to deliver a high-quality education, by accessing state-of-the-art amenities and services.
The grants support the Labor Government’s commitment to making Victoria the Education State.
The 2015-16 Victorian Budget was the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history – investing close to $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system.
It provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools – 25 of them in our fast-growing outer suburbs and 21 in regional Victoria.
It includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out.
It also provides $120 million to build and upgrade Catholic and Independent schools across the state, matching dollar-for-dollar the non-government sector’s contribution.
The Budget will also fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools.
For Victoria to become the Education State, it is vital that all Victorians join in the Education State consultation and share their ideas and aspirations for Victoria’s education system.
Head to www.educationstate.education.vic.gov.au to join in the conversation.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“Teachers must have the right tools to deliver a first-class education for their students. These grants will help achieve that objective.”
“The Andrews Labor Government wants to ensure that every child, student and adult learner in the
South West gets a great education and the promise of a bright future.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino
“Building the Education State goes beyond improvements to the traditional education system – education influences every corner of our society and our state and improving education has benefits for all of us at every stage of life.”
“I encourage each school in the South West to use this funding to improve and
invest in the areas that matter most to both students and families.”