Building The Education State In Macedon

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today visited Romsey Primary School in Macedon to discuss refurbishment plans, tour the school and meet staff and students.

Romsey Primary School has received $112,000 of maintenance funding which the school is spending on refurbishing classrooms.

The school is set for a further boost next year as it will receive $34,109 in equity funding, up from nothing this year. This increase is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Education State commitment to provide an extra $566 million to help schools and students most in need to break the cycle of disadvantage.

Mr Merlino also visited Riddells Creek Primary School which will receive $10,291 in equity funding, up from nothing this year.

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

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.

“I commend principals Loren Peavey, Kim Ryan, and the teachers and support staff for their commitment to their students.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas

“Our schools in Macedon are already providing a great education and with our commitment to make Victoria the Education State the future looks even brighter.”


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