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, today announced that St Ambrose Parish Primary School in Woodend will receive $3.2 million as one of the more than 50 projects under the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund.

The works will update and expand the existing facilities at St Ambrose. Upgrades will increase the learning areas in a response to growing student numbers, as well as address accessibility issues and provide a welcoming and identifiable entry to the school.

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

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

 “Not only is this investment at St Ambrose 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.”

Quote attributable to Bronwyn Phillips, Principal of St Ambrose Parish Primary

“Our school and local community welcome this exciting news. This money has come at a time where it is needed to build further classrooms to cater for increasing enrolments, as well as make our learning areas more contemporary and flexible.”

“We also need this money to enable us to make our campus inclusive for all. We can now have wheelchair access built in as well as amenities upgraded to cater for everyone.”