The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students at Hampden Specialist School have better learning environments, with a huge investment to deliver major upgrade for the growing school.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest $4.3 million to replace relocatable buildings with new permanent facilities at Hampden Specialist School McKenzie campus. This builds on the $11.9 million allocated to the school in the Victorian Budget 2020/21.
Hampden Specialist School is one of 36 special schools to share in $326 million in capital upgrades in the Budget – making sure that students with special needs should receive the same opportunities as every other student in our state.
That means since the Labor Government was elected, every single special school in Victoria will have received funding for a major upgrade.
Alongside upgrading special schools, major upgrades will be delivered at 29 mainstream schools – with funding provided to expand capacity to meet enrolment growth at an additional two established schools – making sure every Victorian family has access to the best learning facilities, close to home.
Upgrades will deliver more space for schools in growing communities, improved learning spaces and sports facilities – giving students better educational outcomes in more modern facilities.
In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries.
The Government is well ahead of schedule in its work to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“We’re investing more money to upgrade more schools across Victoria, and that means that students at schools like Hampden Specialist School will get the best possible support through their educational journeys.”
“You can’t get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom – this investment will go a long way towards improving the facilities for students at Hampden Specialist School and making their educational journey a modern and engaging one.”
“Under our government every child will be supported to reach their full potential – no matter whether they attend a specialist school or a mainstream school.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“We’re making sure every Victorian student has access to the best facilities at school, no matter where they live.”