FUNDING TO KEEP LOCAL SCHOOLS SAFE AND FIRE READY

Students at 27 schools across Macedon will soon benefit from having maintenance works carried out thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced the local schools that will get a share of

$20 million of Planned Maintenance funding to keep their schools safe.

27 local schools will share in over $218,000 as part of the Bushfire Vegetation Clearance Supplement for schools included on the Department of Education and Training’s 2018 Bushfire At-Risk Register (BARR).

This funding will help prepare these schools for the upcoming bush fire season.

On top of that, Darraweit Guim Primary School will receive $90,000 to repair termite-damaged flooring in the original school building.

The last four State Budgets have allocated more than $3.8 billion to school facilities to ensure the right school infrastructure is in place to meet teacher, student and school community needs.

The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state.

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.

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

A complete list of the schools receiving funding under this program is available here: http://www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Schools/Planned-Maintenance-Funding.aspx

Quotes Attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas

“We live in one of the most bush fire-prone areas in the world, so it’s vital we take all the precautions available to us to protect our community against the threat of fire.”

“This is welcome news for one of the Macedon Ranges’ smallest schools. This $90,000 grant will provide a new floor for the 150-year-old school building.”