Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Victorian schools will receive a funding boost to deliver small but important upgrades thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $70 million Minor Capital Works Fund.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced that six schools in Cardinia and the Yarra Ranges will be allocated funding totalling $610,905 to fast-track priority projects, supporting local jobs through Victoria’s economic recovery.

Funding will go towards upgrading ovals and sporting facilities, building new outdoor facilities, and installing new play equipment.

The following schools will receive funding:


School Funding Amount Project
Chirnside Park Primary School $158,165.00 Oval upgrade
Lilydale Primary School $62,670.00 Futsal pitch upgrade
Wandin North Primary School $195,165.00 Upgrade to outdoor area to create all weather space
Beaconsfield Primary School $23,620.00 Construction of retaining walls along covered walkway
Officer Secondary College $64,120.00 Construction of roof to create all weather learning area
Pakenham Hills Primary School $107,165.00 Installation of new play equipment in two playgrounds


Last month, the Labor Government invested more than $3 billion in school upgrades through the Victorian Budget 2020/21.

While much of this funding went towards new schools and major upgrades to existing schools, this fund is delivering smaller projects that also make a big difference to local schools. Projects will commence from early 2021.

Victoria’s school building boom is the biggest in the country. More importantly, it’ll mean our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve.

In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“Every student should have a great school, no matter where they live. That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of small but important projects that will make a big difference for schools and create jobs for Victorians.”

“Whether it is upgrading toilets or building a new fence – this is all about making sure our students have the facilities they need.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

 “We are making sure that students in the Dandenong Ranges have access to the best school facilities and a great education.”

“This investment is vital to economic recovery in the Dandenong Ranges and creating jobs in the Education State.”