Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria announced that 11 schools in South West Victoria would receive a share of $326,362 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 Hawkesdale P12 College, Portland Secondary College and Heywood Consolidated School will receive $177,194, $70,000 and $56,898 respectively for various maintenance works to roofs and paved areas and a toilet upgrade at Portland Secondary College
“These projects make a big difference to the schools in South West Victoria,” 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.”