Building The Education State In Yarra Junction

The Andrews Labor Government’s first Education State Budget is rebuilding Yarra Junction Primary School and giving its students the best start in life.

Minister for Education, James Merlino, today visited the school to officially announce the $2 million modernisation.

The $2 million funding, secured in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget, will build new classrooms and an art room.

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

It provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools – including 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.”

“We’re rebuilding Yarra Junction Primary School and giving its students the safe, modern and comfortable classrooms that they need to learn.”

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

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