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Ryan welcomes maintenance funding boost for schools in Broadford, Kilmore and Willowmavin

10 September 2014

The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan today welcomed the Victorian Coalition Government’s investment of $133,000 on maintenance at three local schools.

Visiting Kilmore Primary School today, Ms Ryan said the Coalition’s funding boost would enable Kilmore, Broadford and Willowmaven primary schools to commence important maintenance upgrades, ensuring local students can access modern learning environments.

“It’s so important that our classrooms and school buildings are up to scratch and I’m pleased that local schools are sharing in the Coalition’s $23 million package for school maintenance across the state,” Ms Ryan said.

Ms Ryan said the funding would go towards the upgrades and improvements for individual buildings at the schools.

  • Broadford Primary School will receive $88,823 towards the refurbishment of the school’s Block G building and a relocatable classroom;
  • Kilmore Primary School will receive $14,641 for the refurbishment of one the school’s relocatable buildings; and
  • Willowmavin Primary School will receive $29,321 for the repair of Block B and one relocatable building, improving the senior classrooms and providing a more open learning environment.    

Minister for Education Martin Dixon said the Coalition Government  was eliminating Labor’s $420m school maintenance backlog in and making up for 11 years of Labor neglect.

“Daniel Andrews and Labor cannot hide from the truth – Labor cut school maintenance funding by 20 per cent when it was last in government,” Mr Dixon said.

“And once again, Labor proved to be incapable of basic maths when the Building the Education Revolution program was underfunded by $70 million.

Ms Ryan said the Coalition Government had increased school maintenance funding by 40 per cent and since 2011 had delivered a $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including 23 new schools and upgrades to hundreds of existing schools across Victoria.

“Having gone to school in a regional community myself, I understand how essential it is that local students and teachers can access quality education in modern facilities,” Ms Ryan said.

“As The Nationals candidate for Euroa, I’ll continue to advocate for school maintenance funding and necessary upgrades to our local schools.”

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