Rushworth College set for major revamp
24 May 2021
Rushworth P-12 College have received an A for their efforts after successfully lobbying the State Government for major capital works funding in this year’s State Budget.
Member for Euroa and Nationals’ deputy leader Steph Ryan has congratulated staff and students at Rushworth P-12 College for securing $5.5 million to modernise and improve classroom facilities – a project she says in long overdue.
“I am delighted that the community’s advocacy for funding to improve Rushworth P-12 College has finally paid dividends and we can tick it off the priority list,” Ms Ryan said.
“After years of being overlooked by the Andrews Labor Government for capital works funding, Rushworth P-12 College will soon be able to work in new classrooms and with better school amenities.
“This upgrade cannot come soon enough for the students and college staff who have, for years, tolerated learning in classrooms from the 1960s.
“Students have been left with no option but to use an amenities block that’s over 60 years old and there are only two staff toilets – one female toilet for 20 teachers and one male toilet for 13 teachers.
“I have been working closely with Principal Kerryn Quirk and members of the local community to get Rushworth P-12 to the top of the government’s priority list.
“This is a fantastic outcome not only for the college, but for the Rushworth community who have been tirelessly campaigning to ensure local kids are reaching their full potential in a comfortable and sustainable environment.”
Chair of the Rushworth and District Community Bank, Christine Borger said she was elated by the announcement, stating that the funding would make significant improvements for current students and encourage future enrolment numbers.
“We were absolutely thrilled when we received the news,” Ms Borger said.
“This funding is going to make the world of difference to the lives of so many students – present and future – and we are grateful for Steph’s efforts in bringing this project to the government’s attention.
"The new facilities will enhance the already excellent education the school provides and will play a pivotal role in the future of the community of Rushworth.”