The Nationals member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty has welcomed the Victorian Coalition Government’s significant investment of $51.5 million dollars in funding for the backlog of school maintenance in Victoria.
“This funding has been provided to help address a decade of Labor neglect and will provide nine schools in the Lowan electorate with a total of $838,362 to attend to maintenance issues,” Mr Delahunty said.
“A complete picture of the state of our school buildings did not exist until the Victorian Coalition Government's comprehensive building audit was carried out last year,” Mr Delahunty said.
“Despite the billions spent on programs like Building the Education Revolution (BER), the audit revealed a massive $420 million maintenance backlog.
“Schools that have been identified as having facilities in a poor or worn condition will now be able to address those deficiencies resulting in all our government schools having higher standard infrastructure ensuring a quality educational environment for our teachers and students,” Mr Delahunty said.
The nine schools that have received funding from this allocation are –
Cavendish Primary School - $5,423
Dimboola Memorial Secondary College - $88,698
Horsham College - $229,798
Horsham Primary School - $279,134
Horsham West – Haven Primary School - $8,360
Laharum Primary School - $53,325
Merino Consolidated School - $18,734
Penshurst Primary School - $16,564
Rainbow Secondary College - $137,326
Education Minister, Martin Dixon, said the Government was committed to better building management in all 1,539 Government schools.
“The independent maintenance audit has given us a clear and consistent picture of school maintenance requirements so that funding is allocated to schools most in need of repair or rebuilding,” Mr Dixon said.
“Western Victoria has wonderful schools with talented teachers who provide quality education for our children. This maintenance funding is very welcome,” said Mr Delahunty.