More Than 100 Victorian Schools To Be Upgraded

Students at more than 100 schools across the state will soon benefit from vital upgrades to facilities in poor condition, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan today visited Camp Hill Primary School in Bendigo to announce the $24 million funding boost, which includes $250,000 towards upgrading Camp Hill Primary’s heritage-listed roof.

The Planned Maintenance Program provides targeted f​unding to schools for specific buildings and infrastructure in the poorest condition. The funding is used by schools to replace, refurbish and demolish school buildings which are not up to standard.

Opened in 1878, Camp Hill Primary School’s large size and central position in Rosalind Park means it is one of Bendigo’s most prominent buildings.

It’s distinctive style makes it an important example of the work of architect Henry Bastow. His designs for hundreds of schools and other public works made him one of Melbourne’s most influential architects.

This latest investment to repair Camp Hill Primary’s roof follows $49,000 in maintenance funding in this year’s Budget to remove trees in poor condition and replace the school’s fence along the front boundary.

Victoria’s school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians.

A complete list of schools receiving funding under this program is available here: http://www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Schools/Planned-Maintenance-Funding.aspx

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“We are investing in important upgrades to schools in the poorest conditions so that students have the first-rate facilities they need to thrive.”

“Parents choose Camp Hill Primary because of its community-focus and first-rate teaching, and we are making sure its buildings are up to the high standards the community expects.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“It is wonderful news that we are investing in Camp Hill Primary to ensure its heritage-listed roof gets the upgrade it needs.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“Camp Hill Primary is a school that does everything possible to get the most out of its students and I can’t think of a more deserving school to receive an upgrade.”

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