Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria announced that 21 schools in Corangamite and Colac-Otway Shires would receive a share of $489,218 funding to carry out important repairs and upgrade work.
It comes as part of the announcement by the Minister for Education, John Lenders, that the Bracks Government has allocated $16 million to help 724 Victorian government schools refurbish toilet blocks and undertake other important repairs. It takes the total amount spent on maintenance in schools by the Bracks Government to $480 million.
The funding will be allocated through two programs; $10 million for general maintenance works such as roof and heating system repairs as well as approximately $6 million to fund toilet block upgrades.
Schools such as Timbool P12 College, Derrinallum P12 College and Lavers Hill P12 College will receive $172,346, $42,738 and $39,520 respectively for various maintenance works to roofs and paved areas including a toilet upgrade at Timbool P12 College
“These projects make a big difference to the schools in these regions,” Ms. Tierney said. “The Bracks Government is undertaking a capital works program in schools of unprecedented scope, but ongoing maintenance to ensure the quality of existing facilities is equally important.”
John Lenders said that “this targeted maintenance funding comes in addition to the significant amount allocated to routine maintenance in this years Budget for which all schools are eligible.
“Schools maintenance funding comes in addition to the Bracks Government’s $1.9 billion commitment to rebuild or modernise 500 government schools over the next four years and every Victorian government school over the next decade.
“Education is our main priority and today’s announcement is another example of our comprehensive approach to ensuring the best educational outcomes.”