BILLANOOK PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADES A STEP CLOSER

Students at Billanook Primary School are another step closer to having a more inclusive school environment, with construction of a sensory trail, garden, outdoor kitchen and new classroom.

Member for Monbulk, James Merlino today announced that work is expected to start within weeks.

Billanook Primary School received $8,800 under the Andrews Labor Government’s Inclusive Schools Fund for upgrades to support students with disabilities better participate and engage with learning at their school.

The upgrades include a sensory trail, garden, outdoor kitchen and new classroom.

The Labor Government launched the Inclusive Schools Fund in 2015 to ensure students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students.

The Fund is one of nine initiatives in the Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools and provides funding to improve existing facilities and help achieve best practice for inclusivity at Victorian schools.

The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school.

The Labor Government delivered a record $1.1 billion investment to build, upgrade and maintain new and existing schools in the Victorian Budget 2016-17, including a $10 million boost to the Inclusive Schools Fund.

Victorian government schools can apply for funding to build more inclusive and equitable facilities under the $20 million Inclusive Schools Fund.

Last year 33 schools received funding for upgrades to build a more inclusive campus.

Applications to the second round of funding available under the Inclusive School Fund will be held later this year.

Quotes attributable to the Member James Merlino  

“It is great to see Billanook Primary School move a step closer to getting the upgrades it needs to create a more inclusive school for all students.”

“One of the most fundamental ways we can help our kids perform better at school is to improve school infrastructure to give them a better learning environment, which is why we created the Inclusive Schools Fund.”

“This means investing the money needed to build the best schools possible for our kids, such as $8,800 for Billanook Primary Schools upgrade to provide a more inclusive environment.”

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