APRIL 23, 2018

Labor candidate for Eildon, Sally Brennan visited Mansfield Secondary College to discuss with students and staff $4.8million funding of stage two works for the school.

Joined by Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, they announced $4.8million to complete a full school refurbishment and construct a new STEM building, sports facilities and a VCE language centre.

This funding is in addition to the $3.4 million provided in the 2016-17 Labor State Budget.

This funding for Mansfield Secondary College is part of a $180.8 million country schools package announced last Friday by the Andrews Labor Government to build and upgrade 60 regional schools.

Labor delivered $3.4 million in the 2016/17 for stage one works and is finishing the job with $4.8 million being delivered in the 2018/19 State Budget.

Other schools to receive funding include:

  • $6.5 million for The Alpine School to construct a new campus for outdoor education in Don Valley;
  • $170,000 for Don Valley Primary School upgrade and modernise facilities
  • $90,000 for Hoddles Creek Primary School upgrade and modernise facilities
  • $500,000 for Launching Place Primary School to upgrade and modernise facilities
  • $2.2 million for the Wangaratta District Specialist School and Appin Park Primary School Regeneration to upgrade and modernise facilities
  • $950,000 for Euroa Secondary College to upgrade and modernise facilities
  • $150,000 for Tallarook Primary School to upgrade and modernise facilities
  • $90,000 for Winton Primary School to upgrade and modernise facilities
  • $550,000 to plan for a new primary school at Leneva (Frederic Street Road) in Wodonga to cater for 475 students.

This boost to regional school funding will upgrade classrooms and school facilities across Victoria, helping teachers and giving more students the support they need to get the 21st century education they deserve.

The Victorian School Building Authority will now start working with schools to determine the scope of their upgrades and how they can best be delivered.

The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school.

Since 2014, the Labor Government has invested $775 million in regional school infrastructure. This contrasts with the Liberals and Nationals who let our regional schools crumble and decay, while slashing $1 billion from the education budget and axing the Educational Maintenance Allowance and School Start Bonus.