$5b ed­u­ca­tion vow

Benalla Ensign - - VICTORIAN STATE ELECTION 2018 -

Up­grades at the Aus­tralian Chris­tian Col­lege Benalla can get un­der way after fund­ing was con­firmed by State Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes on Fri­day.

The works will in­clude cre­at­ing all-ac­cess play areas, sen­sory gar­dens, out­door learn­ing areas, and ex­pand­ing the kin­der­garten yard to sup­port stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties and ad­di­tional needs.

The fund­ing is part of the lat­est rounds of the Vic­to­rian Government’s $30 mil­lion In­clu­sive Schools Fund.

Ms Symes vis­ited the school to an­nounce $175 000 in fund­ing would be made avail­able for the up­grades.

The In­clu­sive Schools Fund is de­signed to help government schools bet­ter sup­port the so­cial and ed­u­ca­tion needs of young peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity.

The col­lege project will up­grade and ex­pand the kin­der­garten yard, which will triple in size with play equip­ment ex­panded to pro­vide for more out­door ex­pe­ri­ences for stu­dents.

The Aus­tralian Chris­tian Col­lege Early Learn­ers Ex­pan­sion Project has also been suc­cess­ful in ob­tain­ing fund­ing un­der the Chil­dren’s’ Fa­cil­i­ties Cap­i­tal Pro­gram.

They will re­ceive $149 103 to ex­pand their fa­cil­i­ties to dou­ble the ca­pac­ity for three and fouryear-old kin­der and be able, for the first time, to of­fer long day care and be­fore/after/hol­i­day care.

The state La­bor government said Build­ing the Ed­u­ca­tion State starts with early learn­ing, and that a re-elected An­drews La­bor Government would in­vest al­most five bil­lion dol­lars to give ev­ery child the op­tion of an ex­tra year of kin­der.

Th­ese am­bi­tious re­forms are cited to be rolled out in 2020, with ev­ery three-year old in the state to ben­e­fit by 2022.

● More in­for­ma­tion about th­ese projects is avail­able at: www.school­build­ings.vic.gov.au

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