SCHOOL UPGRADES FUNDED TO BOOST ECONOMY

The Victorian Government will fast-track funding for upgrades to Catholic and Independent schools across Victoria to give students and staff the best facilities sooner, and to support local jobs, businesses and Victoria’s economic recovery.

Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green today announced that St Paul the Apostle School in Doreen and Hume Anglican Grammar’s Campus at Donnybrook, will both receive $5 million under the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund.

St Paul the Apostle will receive $5 million in funding to expand the school, including a new free standing single storey Senior Learning Hub, expansion of the existing staff room and administration building, and a new multipurpose building with facilities to incorporate S.T.E.A.M Learning and a Presentation Space with a communal kitchen, toilets, office and storage.

The funding for Hume Anglican Grammar’s Campus at Donnybrook will go towards construction of an Upper Primary Learning Hub including primary resource centre, learning areas, ancillary, support and staff spaces, carpark extension, playground and open play area development, site works and landscaping.

The 56 schools to receive funding across the state will create close to 800 jobs during construction, and follows more than $1.18 billion for new schools, upgrades and expansions of government schools announced in May.

Additional funding for this second round of the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund has been brought forward to help stimulate the economy and create jobs.

The successful schools will be able to start their projects within the next six months to help drive Victoria’s economic recovery from the pandemic, and last summer’s bushfires.

The projects will help these schools meet growing enrolment demand and includes six new schools in growth areas. More than a third of Victorian students attend Catholic or Independent schools.

It’s part of the Government’s election commitment to establish a $402 million fund in partnership with the non-government school sector to upgrade and build new non-government schools across Victoria.

The Victorian Government is building the Education State with an unprecedented $7.2 billion investment that is not only creating 7,500 jobs but improving, upgrading and building schools to ensure that every community can access a great local school where students are supported to achieve their best.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“We promised to upgrade and build new non-government schools – we’re keeping that promise and fast-tracking funding for projects to drive our economic recovery.”

“Every child – no matter where they live or go to school – deserves the best facilities. That’s why we’re supporting government, Catholic and Independent schools with record investment to give our kids the best education.”

 Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“These projects will help St Paul the Apostle and Hume Anglican Grammar to expand and grow to give local students and staff the best possible new facilities.”

“This investment is vital to Victoria’s economic recovery and creating jobs in the Education State.”