MITCHELL SHIRE SCHOOLS TO SHARE IN $515M MAINTENANCE BLITZ

Schools across Mitchell Shire will share in $515 million in the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken, thanks to an unprecedented investment by the Andrews Labor Government.

The investment will more than double funding for maintenance at Victoria’s state schools over the next two financial years, with more than $300 million to be invested in 2019/20 and $290 million in 2020/21.

State Members of Parliament Danielle Green and Jaclyn Symes said that $1.49 million in funding will support 14 schools across the municipality to ensure every student can attend a great local government primary and secondary school by tackling maintenance issues proactively.

It will enable schools to do essential works such as painting, replacing carpet and windows, landscaping, tree inspections and maintenance of infrastructure like septic systems and water services.
This increased investment will assist principals to get on with the job of leading Victoria’s schools, by providing more funds to maintain the state’s 36,000 school buildings, while supporting schools to cater to the 115,000 additional students who are expected to enter the education system over the next five years.

The package complements the Labor Government’s recent initiatives to support schools to manage and maintain their facilities, including the Rolling Facilities Evaluation and the rollout of maintenance plans for each school.

The Labor Government is investing $170.5 million in emergency and incident response over five years, including an extra $57.8 million to address issues such as septic system failure, termite damage, mould, roof and floor damage, and $76.4 million to respond to unforeseen incidents and events such as storms, fire or flooding.

Schools in some of the state’s highest-risk bushfire areas will also have access to more funds to ensure they are ‘bushfire ready’, thanks to $44.2 million over five years for fire preparedness activities like vegetation removal.

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green
“Sometimes the little things can make a big difference. Whether it’s a new coat of paint or replacing carpets – this investment will help local students get the most out of their education in a safe, maintained and modern school.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes
“The Andrews Labor Government is investing $1.49 million in Mitchell Shire state schools to ensure that students can attend a great local school and get a great education.”

The following schools will receive funding:

  • Beveridge Primary School ($81,271)
  • Broadford Primary School ($58,459)
  • Broadford Secondary College ($132,872)
  • Kilmore Primary School ($80,874)
  • Puckapunyal Primary School ($222,984)
  • Pyalong Primary School ($160,499)
  • Seymour College ($231,417)
  • Tallarook Primary School ($44,277)
  • Tooborac Primary School ($46,347)
  • Upper Plenty Primary School ($59,931)
  • Wallan Primary School ($97,605)
  • Wallan Secondary College ($150,101)
  • Wandong Primary School ($100,123)
  • Willowmavin Primary School ($28,597)