Local principals have come together to explore shared facilities at school sites to ensure they remain the central hub of the Ballarat community.
Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard and Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight today attended the education forum at Ballarat Secondary College to hear directly from local principals.
There is strong evidence that school designs which provide wider community services and activities have a positive impact on student outcomes.
That is why $50 million was allocated for Community Hub Shared Facilities in the Victorian Budget 2016/17.
The Andrews Labor Government is investing heavily in school infrastructure and wants to maximise community benefits.
This year’s Budget provides an unprecedented $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including a record $924 million to build new schools and upgrade classrooms and an extra $200 million for maintenance.
Part of this record investment is a $375 million upgrade and modernisation fund, including 39 projects in regional and rural Victoria and a $16 million School Pride and Sports Fund which is designed to build school and community pride.
Quote attributable to the Minister for Education James Merlino
“Local school principals know their area well and I want to tap into their knowledge and get their ideas on how we can maximise the benefits of our investment in school facilities.”
Quote attributable to the Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard
“Community access to schools in out of school hours and even during school hours could see schools providing even greater opportunities.”
Quote attributable to the Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight
“Today was an important chance to speak with education leaders from across Ballarat about making the most of our school facilities.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020