Building Better Schools For Gippsland Kids
Kids across Gippsland will get the world-class schools they deserve, as the Andrews Labor Government gets on with the job of fixing, upgrading and modernising Victoria’s schools.
The Labor Government has today announced that the Victorian Budget 2018/19 will invest $180.8 million to build and upgrade 60 regional schools. In Gippsland, $8.03 million will go towards building and upgrading schools including:
- $6 million for Stage 1 of the Traralgon Education Regeneration Project to deliver modern infrastructure for Latrobe Special Developmental School and Traralgon College
- $400,000 for Boisdale Consolidated School to upgrade and modernise facilities
- $130,000 for Orbost North Primary School to upgrade and modernise facilities
- $900,000 for Orbost Secondary College to upgrade and modernise facilities
- $100,000 for Kongwak Primary School to upgrade and modernise facilities
- $500,000 for Tarwin Valley Primary School to upgrade and modernise facilities
This comes on top of the recently announced funding of $32.5 million for the rebuilding of Wonthaggi Secondary College to create a state of the art new campus with specialist facilities for visual arts, graphics, materials technology and science.
This massive boost to regional school funding will upgrade classrooms and school facilities across Victoria, helping teachers and giving more students the support they need to get the 21st century education they deserve.
The Victorian School Building Authority will now start working with schools to determine the scope of their upgrades and how they can best be delivered.
The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school.
Since 2014, the Labor Government has invested $775 million in regional school infrastructure. This contrasts with the Liberals and Nationals who let our regional schools crumble and decay, while slashing $1 billion from the education budget and axing the Educational Maintenance Allowance and School Start Bonus.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“No matter where you live in Victoria, students deserve to have a great school – we’re getting on with rebuilding schools across our state to give hard working families the facilities they deserve.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing
“We’ve worked really hard to upgrade an unprecedented number of schools right across Gippsland and to make sure that students, teachers and staff have classrooms and facilities that are bright, modern and fit for purpose.”
“Unlike the Liberals and Nationals who cut and closed schools across our region, the Labor Government is determined to create pride of place and potential in all of our classrooms.”