Building The Education State Brick By Brick In Geelong West

05 May 2017

More than 240 students in Geelong West will get the first-rate facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Education James Merlino, Treasurer Tim Pallas and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens today visited Ashby Primary School to announce a $2.84 million funding boost for school upgrades.

This project will upgrade and modernise classrooms and facilities, ensuring local families can access a great local school equipped to deliver the best possible education.

The projects are part of a $685 million investment announced in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state as well as creating local jobs.

$195 million will go towards upgrading and modernising 59 regional schools and 49 metropolitan schools. The projects include new classrooms, STEM facilities, gymnasiums and playgrounds.

In total the Victorian Budget 2017/18 has invested $21.1 million to upgrade fifteen schools across Geelong and the surrounding region. There are now 43 school projects being delivered across this community, thanks to a $137.85 million investment over the past three budgets to build and upgrade schools.

The funding brings the Labor Government’s total investment in our schools to more than $2.5 billion, including over 1,000 existing school projects and 56 new schools.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“Across our state, we want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.”

“Students from Ashby Primary School are among students from more than 100 Victorian schools to receive the upgrades they deserve.”

Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas

“We’re making Victorian the Education State and that means making sure Geelong families can access great local schools with first-rate classrooms.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

"Every child deserves a first rate education in a first rate school. We deliver on our promises and that includes upgrading our schools. This $2.84 million project will be something the entire community can be proud of."

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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