Building The Education State In Daylesford

The Andrews Labor Government’s first Education State Budget is rebuilding Daylesford Secondary College and giving its students the best start in life.

Minister for Education, James Merlino, today visited the college with the Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, to officially announce the $10 million rebuild.

The $10 million funding, secured in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget, will upgrade the college’s science and technology facilities, as well as its library.

The Budget invests close to $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – it represents the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history.

It provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools – 25 of them in our fast-growing outer suburbs and 21 in regional Victoria.

It includes $120 million to build and upgrade Catholic and Independent schools across the state, matching dollar-for-dollar the non-government sector’s contribution.

The Budget will also fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“The Andrews Labor Government is transforming Victoria into the Education State so that all children have access to high-quality schools regardless of their background and where they live.”

“We’re rebuilding Daylesford Secondary College and giving its students the safe, modern and comfortable classrooms that they need to learn.”

“This major investment will give students a state-of-the-art learning environment and teachers the facilities to continue providing a world-class education.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas

“Completing the rebuild of Daylesford Secondary College means that students from across the Hepburn Shire will have access to the first class school facilities they deserve.

“This project is important for the local community. Investment in our school means families and businesses will be better off in Daylesford.”