School building projects to progress

Macedon Primary School principal Matt Forrest and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas discuss the State Government funding of $369,000 to redevelop the existing multi-purpose room.

SCHOOLS across the Macedon Ranges will receive a funding boost to deliver small but important upgrades.

Nine schools in the Macedon electorate will receive varying amounts of funding through the State Government’s $70 million Minor Capital Works Fund.

Projects will commence from early 2021.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas announced the schools in the Macedon electorate had been allocated funding to fast-track a priority project, supporting jobs through Victoria’s economic recovery.

Funding recipients include: Coimadai Primary, $173,000 to upgrade the school’s oval; Elphinstone Primary, $63,000 for toilet refurbishment; Hesket Primary, $45,000 for landscaping and works to create an outdoor learning space; Langley Primary, $79,000 to improve the school’s fencing; Macedon Primary, $369,000 to redevelop the existing multipurpose room; Malmsbury Primary, $499,000 for toilet refurbishment; Newham Primary, $18,000 for landscaping works; Taradale Primary, $112,000 for a playground upgrade and the refurbishment of a tram, allocated through the VicTrack Retired Tram program; and Tylden Primary, $105,000 for the upgrade of their outdoor multi-purpose court.

The government invested more than $3 billion in school upgrades through the Victorian Budget 2020-21.

Much of the funding went towards new schools and major upgrades to existing schools, but there was also money for delivering smaller projects that would make a big difference to local schools.

“In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule on its commitment to open
100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022,” Ms Thomas said.

“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,” Minister for Education James Merlino said.