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$1 million to upgrade Ashwood School

Monday, 27 October 2014

The Premier Dr Denis Napthine and the Member for Burwood Graham Watt met students and teachers at Ashwood School today, and announced a $1 million funding commitment to upgrade the school if the Coalition Government is re-elected.

"The Victorian Coalition Government is building better schools for all Victorian students and I'm delighted to announce a $1 million upgrade of Ashwood School if the Victorian Coalition Government is re-elected," Dr Napthine said.

"This $1 million election commitment will enable the Ashwood School community to renovate facilities and build capacity, ensuring a significantly improved environment for the school's 208-strong student body and 70 staff.

"The funding commitment will help realise the school's plans for the construction of a new two storey classroom facility holding up to eight classrooms and including a Home Economics teaching space.

"It will also provide for new secure fencing, replacement of pathways, additional car parking and covers for the bus parking, an upgrade to the administration area and improvements to amenities.

"The Victorian Coalition Government is delivering a $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including 24 new schools across the State, and upgrades to hundreds of existing schools like Ashwood School," Dr Napthine said.

"This includes, in our first Budget in 2011-12, the largest single capital investment in special and autism specific schools in a decade.

"The Coalition Government has already committed $5 million to upgrade Parkhill Primary School, and delivered $15.5 million for Ashwood Secondary College, $2.6 million for Solway Primary School, as well as $900,000 for Ashburton Primary School in Burwood."

"The Victorian Coalition Government stepped in after 11 years of Labor neglect, and took action to fix Labor's $420 million school maintenance backlog," Dr Napthine said.

"While Labor cut maintenance funding by 20 per cent, we have increased maintenance funding by 40 per cent, to tackle Labor's underinvestment in key growth areas, like Burwood."

Mr Watt thanked Dr Napthine for continuing to support local education for students and families in Burwood.

"The Napthine Government has delivered on all of our school election commitments, and if re-elected, we will continue to deliver for local students and families with this important investment," Mr Watt said.

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor's last budget in 2010.

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