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Minister Visits Winchelsea Primary School

04 December 2015

Minister for Education James Merlino along with Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today visited Winchelsea Primary School to tour the facilities and meet staff and students.

The school is set for a funding boost in the new year when it will receive $49,197 in equity funding as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Education State commitment to provide an extra $566 million in funding to break the cycle of disadvantage.

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history.

The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 83 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools.

It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has access to great local schools and every child gets the chance to succeed.

“Winchelsea Primary School is a great example of how Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney

“Under the previous Government, schools all across Western Victoria suffered due to the severe cuts the Liberal National Government made to Victoria’s education budget.”

“The Liberal Party tried to turn the maintenance issues at Winchelsea into a political football during the recent by-election which was a shameful act, particularly when it was the Liberals that ignored this fantastic school whilst in government, leaving it with no choice but to pull their rusted guttering down.”

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