Building The Education State In Carrum

The Andrews Labor Government’s first Education State Budget is transforming Patterson River Secondary College and Seaford Park Primary School, giving students the best start in life.

Minister for Education, James Merlino, visited the Patterson River Secondary College in Carrum today to officially announce $1 million of funding to modernise the schools.

The $1 million, secured in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget, will fund the refurbishment of the arts centre and development of a long-term master plan for the college.

Seaford Park Primary School has also received $3 million to build new classrooms and learning spaces to replace old portable classrooms.

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 they live.”

“This major investment will give students a state-of-the-art learning environment and teachers the facilities to continue providing a world-class education.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Carrum, Sonya Kilkenny

“Patterson River Secondary College and Seaford Park Primary are great local schools that provide a positive and supportive learning environment for all of their students.”

“Together with the local school community, both of these schools are working hard to provide students with the skills and experiences they need to do their best.”

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