MAINTENANCE BLITZ FUNDING FOR TRENTHAM PRIMARY

Trentham Primary School will share in $515 million, the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken, thanks to an unprecedented investment by the Andrews Labor Government.

 

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today visited Trentham Primary School, which received $146,442 for maintenance and bushfire preparedness.

 

The investment will enable the school to do essential works such as painting, replacing carpet and windows, landscaping, tree inspections and maintenance of infrastructure like septic systems and water services.

 

As fire season approaches, the funding will also ensure the school can be ‘bushfire ready’, with $17,487 for fire preparedness activities like vegetation removal. This is part of a $44.2 million funding boost over five years to schools in some of the state’s highest-risk bushfire areas.

 
This increased maintenance investment will enable principals to get on with the job of leading Victoria’s schools, by providing more funds to maintain the state’s 36,000 school buildings, while supporting schools to cater to the 115,000 additional students who are expected to enter the education system over the next five years.

 
The package complements the Labor Government’s recent initiatives to support schools to manage and maintain their facilities, including the Rolling Facilities Evaluation and the rollout of maintenance plans for each school.

 
The Labor Government is investing $170.5 million in emergency and incident response over five years, including an extra $57.8 million to address issues such as septic system failure, termite damage, mould, roof and floor damage, and $76.4 million to respond to unforeseen incidents and events such as storms, fire or flooding.

 
Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

 
“Trentham Primary School is a great local school, and this funding boost means that Trentham students can learn in first-rate facilities that the school community can feel proud of.”

 
“This investment ensures that Trentham Primary staff can get on with the job and students can have a safe and modern learning environment.”