The Victorian Government will fast-track funding for upgrades to Catholic and Independent schools across Victoria to give students and staff the best facilities sooner, and support local jobs, businesses and Victoria’s economic recovery.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP today announced that St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School in Gisborne will receive $800,000 as one of the more than 50 projects under the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund.

The project will add additional general learning areas for the school’s senior students, and will upgrade and extend staff facilities including planning facilities. These upgrades and developments will enhance and improve the learning opportunities for students and replace the substandard facilities currently being used by students, their teachers and the wider community.

The 56 projects will create close to 800 jobs during construction, and follows more than $1.18 billion for new schools, upgrades and expansions of government schools announced in May.

Additional funding for this second round of the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund has been brought forward to help stimulate the economy and create jobs.

The successful schools will be able to start their projects within the next six months driving Victoria’s economic recovery from the pandemic, and the summer’s bushfires.

The projects will help these schools meet growing enrolment demand and includes six new schools in growth areas. More than a third of Victorian students attend Catholic or Independent schools.

It’s part of the Government’s election commitment to establish a $402 million fund in partnership with the non-government school sector to upgrade and build new non-government schools across Victoria.

The Victorian Government is building the Education State with an unprecedented $7.2 billion investment that is not only creating 7,500 jobs but improving, upgrading and building schools to
ensure that every community can access a great local school where students are supported to achieve their best.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP

“This is a really exciting project for the entire St Brigid’s school community – and will give our students the opportunity to learn in first-class facilities.”

“Not only is this investment at St Brigid’s and other Catholic and Independent schools vital to Victoria’s economic recovery, but it will continue building the Education State right here in the Macedon Ranges and across the state.”

Quotes attributable to Principal at St Brigid’s, Maree Morris

“This grant will enable St Brigid’s to further develop or nuturing, contemporary learning environment for our Seniors. These new spaces will enrich learning, help promote collaboration and provide warm, supportive spaces for our Years 5 and 6 students.”