Building The Education State In Mildura

Students in Mildura were big winners in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 and will now enjoy the facilities they deserve thanks to an unprecedented investment in Victorian schools.

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes  today visited three local schools to meet staff and students, and discuss plans to improve facilities following a $16 million funding injection.

The day began with a visit at Merbein P-10 College, which will receive $2.25 million to upgrade its facilities.

Mr Merlino and Ms Symes also met students and teachers at Irymple Secondary College, who will benefit from a $7 million upgrade to facilities at their school.

This was followed by a visit to Red Cliffs Secondary College, which will receive a $7 million upgrade to its facilities.

This year’s Budget provides a record $1.1 billion in school infrastructure, with more than $16 million going to schools in Mildura.

This huge investment in Mildura schools means that planning for significant upgrades can now get underway.

The schools will now talk to students, teachers and the local community to decide on how they will use the funding.

The three schools also received extra funding as part of the Labor Government’s Education State funding initiative which provides an extra $566 million to help students most in need and break the cycle of disadvantage.

Red Cliffs Secondary College received $703,801 in funding under the program, Merbein P-10 received $630,350 and Irymple Secondary College received $459,806.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“We’ve invested a record $1.1 billion in school infrastructure this Budget, with almost 150 schools being upgraded across the state, including more than $16 million to upgrade schools in Mildura.”

“Planning for these school upgrades in Mildura can now get underway and local students can have the facilities they deserve.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“Improving school facilities here in Mildura will help our highly skilled and experienced teachers deliver better outcomes for our students.”

 “Our investment of more than $16 million towards the modernisation and upgrade of these Mildura schools will enable the students to learn in a 21st century environment.”

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