Schools in the Goulburn Valley are among more than 40 across the state to receive a boost to essential maintenance projects, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced that three schools in the Goulburn Valley were among 47 schools to share in $4.275 million in Term 2 funding for projects under the Planned Maintenance Program (PMP).
- Yarrawonga College P-12 (Pinniger Street Campus) has been allocated a total of $250,000. This includes $250,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school’s Specialist Assessment to address the school’s restumping, roof and stormwater issues.
- Congupna Primary School has been allocated a total of $10,000. This includes $5,000 to address high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school’s Rolling Facilities Evaluation, including balustrade repair, beam repair, floor repainting, handrail repair and shade sail repair. This also includes $5,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school’s Specialist Assessment to address the school’s roof issues.
- Harston Primary School has been allocated a total of $10,000. This includes $5,000 to address high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school’s Rolling Facilities Evaluation, including fascia repainting, handrail repair, shade sail repair and wall repainting. This also includes $5,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school’s Specialist Assessment to address the school’s roof and structural issues.
The 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.
Works are determined by a rolling facilities evaluation process, which provides up-to-date information on the condition of schools to create a faster and more targeted allocation of PMP funding.
Of this, more than $1.8 million will go towards maintenance of Shelter-in-Place buildings at 11 schools. These buildings serve as a temporary shelter for staff and students during a bushfire until emergency services arrive, or as a shelter of last resort.
The funding is on top of $5.84 million already provided to 57 schools through Term 1 PMP allocations and ensures existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained.
In the past eight years, the Victorian Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries.
It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024.
For a list of schools receiving funding under the Planned Maintenance Program, visit: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Planned-Maintenance-Funding
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP
“This investment ensures local students can learn in safe settings that complement the top-class education we are committed to providing.”
“I’m delighted to see these schools share in funding to get much-needed maintenance projects off the ground.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Natalie Hutchins
“Investing in maintenance works means schools can tend to those essential projects that will ensure our students and teachers have access to safe and modern learning environments.”