Funding Boost For Cardinia Schools

17 July 2017

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $4.15 million to improve facilities at three schools in the Shire of Cardinia.

Education Minister James Merlino visited Pakenham Hills Primary School today to announce the funding from the $50 million Shared Facilities Fund.

The fund helps build new, much-needed community facilities on school sites across Victoria.

Gum Scrub Creek Primary School, Pakenham Hills Primary School and Koo Wee Rup Secondary College will all get great new facilities that the community can use to help meet local needs.

The funding injection will provide

  • $530,000 to Gum Scrub Creek Primary School, opening in 2018, for a multi-service centre for Outside School Hours Care
  • $2 million to Pakenham Hills Primary School for a Parentzone multi-service centre
  • $1.6 million to Koo Wee Rup Secondary College to upgrade its oval and hockey pitch, and build a pavilion.

The Pakenham Hills Primary School project is being delivered in partnership with Anglicare and the Cardinia Shire Council. It will focus on bridging the gap between disadvantage and poor educational outcomes by connecting ‘hard to reach’ families with support programs and resources.

The Labor Government has invested more than $2.5 billion in the past three Budgets to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state.

This school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians.

Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“Our Shared Facilities Fund is helping build much-needed community infrastructure, support services and sporting facilities in booming growth areas across Melbourne like Cardinia.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“These great new facilities will be shared between schools and communities, helping build a sense of community pride by bringing locals together and making services more accessible.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino

“Our communities are growing and that’s why we are making investments like this that not only improve schools, but also make more community services available.”

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