Saturday, July 13, 2024

Victoria announces maintenance blitz for 103 schools

The Victorian Government has announced a maintenance blitz to improve facilities for primary and secondary students at more than 100 schools.

Minister for Education, Natalie Hutchins said 103 schools would share in $7.8 million of Term 1 Planned Maintenance Program funding to undertake a total of 202 maintenance projects.

“From a fresh coat of paint in classrooms to ensuring crucial emergency shelters are in good condition, this latest maintenance blitz will ensure all Victorian students have safe and modern learning spaces,” the Minister said.

“Our record investment in school infrastructure is delivering high quality classrooms for our hard-working principals, teachers and staff, while delivering better learning experiences for the students that rely on them.”

The Planned Maintenance Program provides funding for high-priority maintenance across Victoria’s government school network. A specialised evaluation process ensures maintenance support goes where it is needed, when it is needed.

Some $2.3 million will go towards maintenance of Shelter-in-Place buildings at 17 schools. These buildings serve as a temporary shelter for staff and students during a bushfire, or as a shelter of last resort.

In 2022, the Planned Maintenance Program provided $34.7 million to 331 schools, helping ensure buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained.

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