Money for schools
Victorian public schools across the Wimmera, southern Mallee and Grampians fringe will share in a $515-million maintenance-program boost.
The funding is designed to ensure buildings at Victoria’s 1500 state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained.
It builds on the government’s $5.6-billion investment in new and upgraded schools.
The investment will more than double funding for maintenance at Victoria’s state schools over the next two financial years, with more than $300-million to be invested in 201920 and $290-million in 2020-21.
The government is providing the money so schools can do essential work such as painting, replacing carpet and windows, landscaping, tree inspections and maintenance of infrastructure such as septic systems and water services.
Schools and their allocations include – Lake Bolac College $107,222; Apsley Primary School $67,570;
Moyston Primary School $88,748; Warracknabeal Primary School $90,716; Dimboola Primary School $62,908; Natimuk Primary School $52,556; Murtoa College $121,928; Rupanyup Primary School $41,287; Maroona Primary School $46,444; Minyip Primary School $46,181; Willaura Primary School $31,495; Laharum Primary School $31,495; Pomonal Primary School $42,842; Jeparit Primary School $43,773; Halls Gap Primary School $69,087; Horsham West and Haven Primary School $145,052; Horsham Special School $65,444; Warracknabeal Special Development School $63,368; Edenhope College $145,143; Horsham Primary School $120,411; Goroke P-12 College $136,000; Dimboola Memorial Secondary College $208,484; Rainbow P-12 College $156,229; Warracknabeal Secondary College $220,817; Horsham College $581,096; Nhill College $187,293; Kaniva College $189,869; Balmoral K-12 Community College $193,863; Avoca Primary School $34,635; Stawell Primary School $53,688; Ararat Primary School $46,992; Waubra Primary School $47,696; Great Western Primary School $49,941; Elmhurst Primary School $26,524; Concongella Primary School $71,207; Navarre Primary School $45,613; Donald Primary School $41,325; Marnoo Primary School $52,093; Amphitheatre Primary School $45,217; St Arnaud Primary School $52,373 and Landsborough Primary School $49,249.
The state is in charge of 36,000 school buildings and the government expects 115,000 extra students to enter the education system during the next five years.
Education Minister James Merlino said sometimes it was relatively small maintenance jobs that could have a major impact in schools.
“From fixing leaky taps to a new lick of paint – this investment will help every child, in every state school, right across Victoria,” he said.
“Every one of Victoria’s more than 1500 state schools will benefit from this investment. We are building 100 new schools, but we’re also looking after existing buildings we have.”