Money for schools

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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.”

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