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School ‘fix-it’ blitz

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Steve McGhie at Bacchus Marsh College with Principal Dionne Fenton and student leadership announcing the funding. Photo – Greg Bulliff

By Kate Taylor

Local schools will have much-needed additional funding for building maintenance under the state government’s new blitz.

An additional $515 million will be spent across the state in a ‘maintenance blitz.’

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.

Schools will be able to spend the money on essential works such as painting, replacing carpet and windows, landscaping, tree inspections and maintenance of infrastructure such as septic systems and water services.

Member for Melton Steve McGhie said Bacchus Marsh College, Darley PS, Pentland PS and Bacchus Marsh PS will share $572,545 between them.

“We know students get the most out of their education when they have safe, modern classrooms to learn in, and first-rate facilities the school community can feel proud of,” Mr McGhie said.

“The Victorian Government is investing $515 million in our state schools to ensure Bacchus Marsh students can attend a great local school and get a great education.”

Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle said the following primary schools in Moorabool will also receive funding under the blitz:

Myrniong – $13,875
Gordon – $10,369
Lal Lal – $8,782
Glen Park – $8,259
Ballan – $23,744
Mount Egerton – $5,782
Bungaree – $8,541
Balliang East – $15,213

“Safe, modern classrooms to learn in, and first-rate facilities means this regions children will gain the most from their education, and belong to a school they are proud of,” Ms Settle said.