BUILDING BETTER SCHOOLS FOR MITCHELL SHIRE

Students across Mitchell Shire will soon benefit from having maintenance works carried out at their schools thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green today announced Mitchell Shire schools were among over 480 schools to share in $20 million of 2018-19 Planned Maintenance Program funding to help address their various maintenance needs.

Beveridge Primary School will receive $600,000 for repairs to their septic system to keep in line with enrolment numbers, while Upper Plenty Primary will receive $8,500 funding towards bushfire vegetation clearance.

The Planned Maintenance Program (PMP) provides funding for vital maintenance activities based on need.

The $20 million announcement also includes a Bushfire Vegetation Clearance Supplement for schools included on the Department of Education and Training’s 2018 Bushfire At-Risk Register (BARR).

A new evaluation system was put in place earlier this year to provide more up-to-date information of the condition of school infrastructure to create a more timely and targeted allocation of PMP funding.

This adds to the new campus for Beveridge Primary School that has been purchased and construction will get underway soon following a $19.7 million funding allocation in the last budget.

The last four State Budgets have allocated more than $3.8 billion to school facilities to ensure the right school infrastructure is in place to meet teacher, student and school community needs.

The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state.

The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school.

The Victorian School Building Authority will now start working with Beveridge Primary and Upper Plenty Primary schools to determine the scope of their maintenance needs and how they can best be delivered.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino:

All Victorian students, including those in Mitchell Shire should have access to a great school no matter where they live – so we are investing in important maintenance to schools so students have the first-rate facilities they deserve.”

A high-quality education system must be matched by high-quality learning environments so students have every opportunity to reach their full potential.”

 Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“Mitchell Shire schools do everything possible to get the most out of their students, so it is wonderful news that they are among the schools set to share in this maintenance funding.