Local schools celebrate funding for upgrades

07 December 2020

Eight local schools are celebrating their success in securing funding for capital upgrades and minor works.

Visiting Longwood Primary School to announce the funding on Friday, Member for Euroa and The Nationals deputy leader Steph Ryan said the eight schools would share $1.3 million in funding from this year’s state budget.

“Teachers and students across the region have had an incredibly challenging year, so it’s nice to be able to deliver a little bit of good news to these schools,” Ms Ryan said.

“Euroa Primary School will receive $500,000 to build new student and staff toilets and a new space for administration staff.

“A further $281,165 has been earmarked for Longwood Primary School to astroturf the school’s oval so students have a space to play.

“It a testament to the wonderful culture of Longwood PS that student numbers have grown from six students to more than 30 in just a few years.”

Puckapunyal Primary School was also in line to receive $207,125, but in a cruel blow the school was decimated by fire at the weekend.

“My heart goes out to the teachers and students at Pucka. They, like everyone else, have had a really tough year but that has just been made even tougher.

“I will do all I can to make sure the school retains the grant it has been allocated and receives the funding it needs to rebuild as quickly as possible.”

Other schools to receive funding include:

  • Willowmavin Primary School - $195,165
  • Seymour College - $43,120
  • Girgarre Primary School - $47,120
  • Benalla P-12 College - $26,383
  • Kilmore Primary School - $22,120

Students at Willowmavin Primary School can look forward to a resurfaced basketball court and improved shelter.

Ms Ryan said she would continue to push the state government to fund the major capital upgrades being sought by schools across the electorate.

“Seymour and Benalla colleges are still seeking funding to complete the rebuild of their campuses. I was disappointed both of these projects were overlooked in this year’s budget but I will continue to apply pressure to the government to see the needs of local students.”

Photo caption: Member for Euroa Steph Ryan celebrating with Longwood Primary School students

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