Victorian schools will receive a funding boost to deliver small but important upgrades thanks to the Victorian Government’s $70 million Minor Capital Works Fund.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced 17 Gippsland schools have been allocated over $2 million as part of the fund to fast-track priority projects, supporting local jobs through Victoria’s economic recovery.

Last month, the Victorian Government invested more than $3 billion in school upgrades through the Victorian Budget 2020/21.

While much of this funding went towards new schools and major upgrades to existing schools, this fund is delivering smaller projects that also make a big difference to local schools. Projects will commence from early 2021.

Victoria’s school building boom is the biggest in the country. More importantly, it’ll mean our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve.

In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“Every student should have a great school, no matter where they live. That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of small but important projects that will make a big difference for schools and create jobs for Victorians.”

“Whether it is upgrading toilets or building a new fence – this is all about making sure our students have the facilities they need.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“We are making sure that students in eastern Victoria have access to the best school facilities and a great education.”

“This investment will also contribute to Gippsland’s economic recovery and creating jobs in the Education State.”

(See list of schools and projects below)

School Funding Amount Project:

– Briagolong Primary School, $22,120 for delivery of sensory garden
– Lakes Entrance Primary School, $171,165 for playground upgrade, including shade
– Mallacoota P-12 College, $107,125 for school entrance and car park upgrade
– Metung Primary School, $125,605 for upgrade works to outdoor spaces
– Nungurner Primary School, $53,120 for construction of new shed
– Orbost Primary School, $75,290 for upgrade of existing basketball court and front entrance of the school
– Guthridge Primary School, $318,125 for refurbishment of swimming pool centre
– Kongwak Primary School, $5,359 for installation of flagpoles
– Korumburra Primary School, $86,165 for fence upgrade
– Leongatha Primary School, $68,120 for fence upgrade
– Loch Sport Primary School, $444,125 for refurbishment of outdoor play area and oval
– Meeniyan Primary School (formerly Tarwin Valley Primary School), $258,128 for toilet refurbishment to improve amenity, cleanliness and hygiene
– Nambrok Denison Primary School, $41,120 for fence upgrade
– Rosedale Primary School, $112,125 for painting works to school exterior
– Sale and District Specialist School, $10,020 for flagpole installation and landscaping
– Sale Primary School, $73,120 for classroom refurbishment
– Toora Primary School, $55,715 for playground upgrade including new equipment