$200 million for Victorian schools
The Victorian Government has announced it will inject $203 million for the state’s school capital works program under the State Budget.
“Through its strong economic management, the Coalition Government is able to build for growth, and is funding the development of new schools in areas of greatest demand,” State Minister for Education Martin Dixon said.
The funding for new schools includes:
- $11.5 million for a primary school in Wyndham Vale South;
- $11.5 million for a primary school in Melton North West;
- $11.5 million for stage 1 of Doreen Secondary College; and
- $10.0 million for stage 1 of a Prep-Year 9 school in Truganina.
Mr Dixon said the $203 million for school capital projects in the 2013-14 Victorian State Budget built on $408 million in school capital works delivered in the last two budgets.
This funding will also provide priority upgrades to Victorian schools. A total of $102.5 million, more than half of the Budget’s school capital works funding, has been earmarked to meet the Coalition Government’s election commitments, including:
- $8 million for the stage 2 construction of new learning spaces at Phoenix P-12 Community College in Ballarat;
- $6 million for the relocation of Belvoir Wodonga Special Development School; and
- $6 million for the construction of a multi-purpose room, learning spaces and administration facilities at Emerald Primary School.
Projects over and above the Coalition’s election commitments include:
- $8 million for the construction of new facilities for Western Autistic School, co-located at Laverton P-12 College; and
- $6.5 million for the construction of new facilities at Bendigo’s Golden Square Primary School.