Students at Christmas Hills, Panton Hills, St Andrews, Diamond Creek and Yarrambat Primary Schools will be safer this summer with the Andrews Labor Government making sure schools in the state’s high fire danger areas are better prepared for bushfires.

The five schools have had Bushfire preparation audits completed and are among 51 schools where work is underway to make sure they are bushfire ready for the first day of term one, 2017.

Yan Yean MP, Danielle Green today announced the five schools are part of the $10 million bushfire shelter program. Fire shelter areas at 200 government schools in high-risk areas around the state will be upgraded under the program, including vegetation removal, gutter cleaning, and the installation of gutter guards, door and window fire shutters, water tanks and sprinklers.

Forty schools will have their shelter areas audited next month, with the final 109 school audits completed by June.

These bushfire safety upgrades – combined with the newly funded school emergency SMS service and existing school emergency plans like closing on Code Red days and off-site evacuation protocols – mean students at Victoria’s high bushfire risk schools will be safer.

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

There are now 42 new government schools in the construction pipeline and more than 1000 school building projects going on across Victoria following the Labor Government’s record $1.8 billion investment in school infrastructure.

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Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“Students at these schools will be safer this summer thanks to this vital bushfire safety upgrade, which will make a real difference for families in the Nillumbik Shire.”

Quotes attributable Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino

“Every Victorian government school has a place to shelter from bushfires as a last resort, and this program will make sure the shelters at 200 schools in the highest fire risk areas are even safer.”

Quotes attributable to Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley

“Children are in school at a critical time of the year when it comes to fire risk in Victoria, and these very practical measures have the potential to protect children when they need it most.”