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 Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced ten schools in the Macedon electorate have been allocated funding to fast-track a priority project, supporting local jobs through Victoria’s economic recovery.

Funding recipients include:
• Coimadai Primary – $173,000 to upgrade the school’s oval
• Elphinstone Primary – $63,000 for toilet refurbishment
• Hesket Primary – $45,000 for landscaping and works to create an outdoor learning space
• Langley Primary – $79,000 to improve the school’s fencing
• Macedon Primary – $369,000 to redevelop the existing multi-purpose room
• Malmsbury Primary – $499,000 for toilet refurbishment
• Newham Primary – $18,000 for landscaping works
• Taradale Primary – $112,000 for a playground upgrade and the refurbishment of a tram, allocated through the VicTrack Retired Tram Program
• Tylden Primary – $105,000 for the upgrade of their outdoor multi-purpose court

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.

Quote 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.”

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

“Whether it’s upgrading school ovals or refurbishing toilets – we’re ensuring that students in our community have access to the best school facilities.”

“Not only is this investment vital to making sure our students have the facilities they need, but will create jobs in the Education State.”