Funding boost for VIC schools
VICTORIAN minister for Education James Merlino announced that 436 schools across the State would share in $41.6 million to upgrade old buildings under the Andrews Labor Government’s Planned Maintenance Program.
Building on the allocation of $10.8 million to 65 schools earlier in the year, a total of $52.4 million of funding would be allocated across 591 schools in the 2016/17 Victorian budget.
The program provides targeted funding to refurbish, demolish, or replace school buildings that fall below minimum standards.
There are now 42 new government schools and hundreds of school upgrades in the construction pipeline following the Government’s record $1.8 billion investment in school infrastructure.
“The funding boost will allow hundreds more Victorian schools to replace or upgrade buildings in poor condition so that our teachers and students have the first-rate facilities they deserve,” Mr Merlino said.
Students in Melbourne’s north are a step closer to better education facilities with Mr Merlino and Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines visiting Viewbank College to mark the start of construction.
The $11.5 million upgrade included a new two-storey performing arts centre featuring flexible auditorium and theatre staging as well as drama and music learning spaces.
Viewbank College’s existing science, technology, engineering, arts and maths learning areas will also be refurbished. A weather-protected link with the adjoining building will create a STEAM learning precinct to promote collaborative enquiry based learning.
“We are modernising and upgrading schools right across Victoria so that every student has the opportunity to be their best,” said Mr Merlino.
Mr Merlino and Mr Carbines also visited the Rosanna Golf Links primary school to conduct a site inspection of the school’s
$6.28 million redevelopment.
This includes the construction of two new classroom blocks, an administration area and improvements to the school’s library and facilities for deaf students.
Mooroolbark College is another of the schools funded by the program, receiving
$333,000 to upgrade school classrooms and buildings.
“Mooroolbark College is a great school and this funding boost will mean the facilities can be upgraded to match the high quality teaching and learning environment the school provides,” Mr Merlino said.
“This is about creating bright futures for these students and ensuring they have access to the state-of-the-art facilities they deserve.”
The school building boom will create 4000 construction jobs.
Construction has begun on school upgrades across the State.