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Building The Education State At Wattle Park Primary School

19 May 2015

The Andrews Labor Government’s first Education State Budget is fixing Wattle Park Primary School and giving its students the best start in life.

Minister for Education, James Merlino, visited the school today to officially announce $37,000 to repair and upgrade the school’s fence, secured in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget.

The Wattle Park community has been campaigning for this much needed investment for a number of years and the Labor Government is proud to deliver this essential upgrade.

The Budget invests close to $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – it represents the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history.

It provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools – 25 of them in our fast-growing outer suburbs and 21 in regional Victoria.

It includes $120 million to build and upgrade Catholic and Independent schools across the state, matching dollar-for-dollar the non-government sector’s contribution.

The Budget will also fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“The Andrews Labor Government is transforming Victoria into the Education State so that all children have access to high-quality schools regardless of their background and where the live.”

“We’re fixing Wattle Park Primary School and giving its students the quality education they deserve.”

“We’re making Victoria the Education State, because every child deserves every chance.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Southern Metropolitan Region, Phil Dalidakis

"This is not just about personal safety and security but ensuring the kids have a sense of pride as they walk through the school gates. The old fence over the last few years had been left in a state of disrepair and in some places had become dangerous due to the neglect of the previous Liberal government."

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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