Cobden Primary School is set to benefit from a major upgrade following an announcement by State Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP.
“The school is set to be upgraded after being invited into the State Government’s Better Schools Today Program,” Ms Tierney said.
The school will work with the regional and central offices of DEECD to plan a scope of works worth between $300,000 and $500,000 to modernise and upgrade their education facilities.
The initiative is focused on modernising classrooms, staff and administrative areas, as well as indoor and outdoor teaching spaces.
“Not only will the entire school community benefit from this announcement, but the entire Cobden community will be delighted to see their local school revitalised.
“This money will see the school given the TLC it so rightly deserves and ensure that the physical side of the school matches their excellent educational outcomes.
“This funding cannot come quickly enough and I’m sure the entire school community is ready and raring to get stuck into putting it to good use.
“This funding is proof that the Brumby Government is delivering on the Victorian Schools Plan to rebuild, renovate or extend all Victorian government schools by 2017,” Ms Tierney said.
With $1.9 billion announced for 500 schools for the first four years of the initiative, the Victorian Schools Plan is the largest investment in school buildings in the history of state education.
Education Minister Bronwyn Pike said the funding ensured students and teachers would have better -access to high-quality facilities equipped for modern teaching and learning.
“Key factors in a world-class education system are not only a quality workforce but modern facilities in which our children can reach their full potential,” Ms Pike said.
To date, the Brumby Government has invested more than $35 million in modernisation projects as part of the Better Schools Today initiative.
Ms Tierney said the record investment in school buildings and infrastructure would ensure Victorian children were well equipped to learn, grow and shine.
“It’s been a tremendous time for local schools over the past few years with major upgrades and renovations happening all around our local area,” Ms Tierney said.