BALLARAT SCHOOLS TO BENEFIT FROM EDUCATION BUILDING BLITZ

Four schools in Ballarat will benefit from of a state-wide construction blitz that will create thousands of jobs and kickstart Victoria’s economy.

Ballarat High School will receive $7.2 million to upgrade major upgrade to the ground floor of the J. J. Sheehan Wing and the administration building, building on the $800,000 it received in the Victorian Budget 2019-20.

Delacombe Primary School will receive $5.85 million to transform old and tired facilities and build a new indoor competition-grade gymnasium, on top of the $650,000 it received in the last Victorian Budget.

Miners Rest Primary School will also get a new competition grade gymnasium and football oval as part of a $15.39 million investment that will also deliver extra land for the school to expand, new permanent classrooms and learning facilities.The gym and football oval will be accessible to the broader community after-hours.

The major upgrade at Miners Rest Primary is in addition to the $6.2 million previously provided by the Government.

Phoenix P-12 Community College will receive almost $10.6 million to build two new indoor competition grade courts and relocate existing tennis courts, in addition to the $1.18 million it received in the last Budget.

These projects are part of the Victorian Government’s Building Works package, which will deliver $2.7 billion in shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work across our state.

The package includes a $1.18 billion education building program will also build new schools, deliver and refurbish relocatable classrooms and make schools more accessible for students and staff with disabilities.

Together, the projects will create space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and create more than 1,600 local construction jobs in communities across Victoria.

This $1.18 billion education building program is in addition to the $6.1 billion invested by the Victorian Government on delivering school upgrades since 2014, supporting more than 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians.

The Victorian Government is building the Education State so everyone can get a great education, no matter their background or where they live.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“This investment will upgrade Ballarat schools, create local jobs and help kickstart our economy.”

“We’re investing more than a billion dollars in better schools and kinders as part of our record investment in education – so all Victorians, regardless of their background or circumstances, get a world-class education.”

Quote attributable to the Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison

“These projects at Ballarat schools are part of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.”

Quote attributable to the Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle

“Making sure our students have access to a quality schools and modern facilities is vital to ensuring kids get the most out of their education.”

Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford

“We’re investing record funding in education so all people in Ballarat, regardless of their background or circumstances, get a world-class education.”

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