SCHOOLS IN MACEDON RECEIVE $913,000 IN FUNDING BLITZ

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced$913,000ina major funding blitz for Macedon schools.

  • $330,000from the Planned Maintenance Program.
  • $557,000from the Bushfire Preparedness (Vegetation) Program
  • $26,000fromtheVCE Collaboration Fund

The schools receiving funding for Planned Maintenance include:

  • Romsey Primary School has been allocated $15,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school’s Specialist Assessment to address the school’s roof plumbing and structural issues.
  • Tylden Primary School has been allocated $15,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school’s Specialist Assessment to address the school’s roof plumbing issues.
  • Lancefield Primary School has been allocated $245,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school’s Specialist Assessment to address the school’s roof plumbing and structural issues.
  • Darraweit Guim Primary School has been allocated $40,000 for high priority maintenance works on the school’s Shelter in Place building. These works will be delivered by the Victorian School Building Authority on behalf of the school.
  • Newham Primary School has been allocated $10,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school’s Specialist Assessment to address the school’s structural issues.
  • Hepburn Primary School has been allocated $5,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school’s Specialist Assessment to address the school’s roof plumbing issues.

This program ensures schools can undertake essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as external landscaping works like pathways and lighting.

In addition, twenty six schools in Macedon are set to be well-prepared ahead of the coming bushfire season, thanks to a boost by the Victorian Government as they receive $557,004in funding from the $9.15 million Bushfire Preparedness (Vegetation) Program for 2021-22.

Further, Gisborne Secondary College and Kyneton Secondary College with share in $26,000from the VCE Collaboration Fund which is part of a $22.65 million Victorian government investment to give regional and rural students access to the full range of VCE subjects.

The program aims to support students to pursue their chosen educational, training and vocational pathways.Choice of subjects at shools is a key driver for student retention and for VCE completion.

Yet students in rural and regional Victoria generally have fewer VCE subjects to choose from than their metropolitan counterparts.

Quote attributable to Mary-Anne Thomas, Member for Macedon:

“This incredible trifecta of funding will enable schools in Macedon to ensure that they are bushfire prepared, VCE ready and also provide much needed funds for maintenance to fix ongoing building issues for our local schools. These funds mean students can get the great education they deserve in the Education State.”