BUILDING BETTER, SAFER SCHOOLS IN EASTERN VICTORIA
Tuesday, 8 September 2020
The Victorian Government will deliver vital maintenance and safety works at over 400 schools to support jobs and local businesses through the coronavirus pandemic and improve facilities for students and staff across Victoria.
Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing today announced the local schools that will share in more than $15.3 million through the 2020-21 Bushfire Preparedness (Vegetation) Program and Planned Maintenance Program.
The Bushfire Preparedness funding will see 346 schools share in more than $9 million to clear vegetation and undertake other essential maintenance ahead of the upcoming bushfire season.
2020-21 Bushfire Preparedness (Vegetation) Program and Planned Maintenance Program local recipients:
- Birmingham Primary School $31,651.46
- Gruyere Primary School $15,952.26
- Mount Evelyn Primary School $27,324.06
- Seville Primary School $22,465.57
- Wandin North Primary School $21,555.97
- Wandin Yallock Primary School $23,586.64
- Yarra Hills Secondary College $28,077.00
- Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School $28,170.20
- Beaconsfield Upper Primary School $27,158.54
- Cockatoo Primary School $23,605.70
- Emerald Primary School $28,972.99
- Emerald Secondary College $39,641.96
- Gembrook Primary School $24,269.41
- Harkaway Primary School $22,968.68
109 schools will share in $6.3 million of Planned Maintenance Program funding for essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as repairing landscaping like pathways and steps.
Over $2 million of this will go towards maintenance to Shelter-in-Place buildings at 12 schools, which provide temporary accommodation to staff and students in the case of a bushfire
Planned Maintenance Program local recipients:
|Cockatoo Primary School||Cockatoo Primary School will receive $15,000 to address high priority maintenance works, including benchtop replacement, cupboard replacement, floor repair, handrail/balustrade repair, painting works, roof repair and wall repair.|
|Officer Secondary College||Officer Secondary College will receive $5,000 to address high priority maintenance works, including ceiling repair and painting works.|
|Officer Specialist School||Officer Specialist School will receive $5,000 to address high priority maintenance works, including floor repair and floor repair.|
|Sherbrooke Community School||Sherbrooke Community School will receive $155,000 to address high priority maintenance, including floor repair, handrail/balustrade repair, painting works, roof repair, structural repair, wall repair and window repair and the school’s Shelter In Place building.|
Works with contractors will be carried out under COVID-19 advice guidelines to ensure the health and safety of staff and students.
If works can’t start immediately due to Stage 4 restrictions, offsite planning of these works and any that are essential for school safety will continue.
The Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“These projects will create jobs, boost local businesses and create safer schools for kids across the state.”
“Our record investment in school infrastructure is delivering high quality classrooms for our hard-working principals, teachers and students.”
Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing
“This funding for bushfire preparedness and planned maintenance will make a really positive difference to many schools across Eastern Victoria, making them safer, more accessible and more modern learning and teaching environments.”