Building The Education State In Bass Coast

Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Wonthaggi Secondary College in Bass Coast to tour the school, meet students and staff.

The school received $80,000 in maintenance funding to refurbish its workshop, as well as $865,000 in equity funding, an increase of almost $150,000 compared to last year.

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history.

Equity funding is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Education State commitment to provide school and extra $747 million over the next four years.

The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools.

It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has access to great local schools and every child gets the chance to succeed.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“Wonthaggi Secondary College is a great example of how Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential.”

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