Building Better Schools For North-West Victorian Kids

20 April 2018

Kids across North-West Victoria will get the world-class schools they deserve, as the Andrews Labor Government gets on with the job of fixing, upgrading and modernising Victoria’s schools.

The Labor Government has today announced that the Victorian Budget 2018/19 will invest $2 million to build and upgrade local schools including:

  • $1.8 million for Mildura West Primary School to upgrade facilities, including refurbishing and modernising classrooms and facilities
  • $800,000 for Cardross Primary School to refurbish the classrooms and facilities that are in poor condition.

This is in addition to recent budgets where schools such as Merbein P-10 College, Irymple Secondary College, Red Cliffs Secondary College, Swan Hill Primary School, Underbool Primary School and Yaapeet Primary received funding for upgrades.

This boost to regional school funding will upgrade classrooms and school facilities across Victoria, helping teachers and giving more students the support they need to get the 21st century education they deserve.

The Victorian School Building Authority will now start working with schools to determine the scope of their upgrades and how they can best be delivered.

The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school.

This includes an unprecedented $2.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state.

This school building boom has delivered more than 1,200 school upgrades and 64 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians.

Since 2014, the Labor Government has invested $775 million in regional school infrastructure. This contrasts with the Liberals and Nationals who let our regional schools crumble and decay, while slashing $1 billion from the education budget and axing the Educational Maintenance Allowance and School Start Bonus.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“No matter where you live in Victoria, students deserve to have a great school – we’re getting on with rebuilding schools across our state to give hard working families the facilities they deserve.”

Quotes attributable to Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“We’re upgrading schools right across the Mallee to make sure they have the best classrooms and the best facilities. Unlike the Liberals and Nationals who cut, the Labor Government will always put local families first”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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