Schools Funding Boost Announced By Minister

Schools Funding Boost Announced By Minister

Victoria Minister for Education James Merlino

$27.6 Million Boost For Victorian Independent Schools

Victor P Taffa

Students in Ballarat are a step closer to having a new primary school at Lucas, thanks to a $1.5 Million investment from the Andrews Government.

“One in three Victorian students attend Catholic and independent schools they are a vital part of our education system and this funding will help provide better facilities to more Victorian students.” Minister for Education James Merlino said.

Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the future school site to announce $27.6 Million in funding for 18 non-government schools across Victoria, including $1.5 Million for the new Lucas Catholic primary school.

Mr. Merlino also announced Jo Brewer as the school’s new principal and that the school will be called Siena Catholic Primary School. A builder has been appointed and construction will get underway soon.

Schools to receive funding include:

  • $1.5 Million for construction of stage one of the new Lucas Catholic primary school, Ballarat
  • $2.5 Million for construction of stage one of the new Craigieburn West Catholic primary school
  • $2.5 Million for construction of stage one of the new Torquay North Catholic primary school
  • $2.04 Million for a car park, science rooms and classrooms at Geelong Lutheran College
  • $1.32 Million for art facilities, classrooms and seminar spaces at Holy Trinity Lutheran School, Horsham
  • $1 Million to refurbish the junior centre and build a new library at Galen Catholic College, Wangaratta
  • $1 Million for 14 new classrooms at Catholic College Bendigo
  • $1.3 Million for a gym extension at Casey Grammar
  • $1.71 million for a new discovery centre and administration building at Hillcrest Christian College, Casey
  • $2 Million for a new year 9 building at St. Peter’s College, Casey
  • $2 Million for 18 new classrooms at St. Francis Xavier College, Cardinia
  • $1.5 Million for 8 new classrooms at St. Clare’s Primary School, Cardinia
  • $1.1 Million for stage two of the junior school building at Lakeside College, Cardinia
  • $2.03 Million for a new middle years building and car parks at Good News Lutheran College, Wyndham
  • $1 Million for a new multipurpose hall at St. Oliver Plunkett’s School, Moreland
  • $1.35 Million for new classrooms and car parking at St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop Catholic Parish Primary School, Whittlesea
  • $997,000 to finish a building housing a library, classrooms and offices at Gilson College, Whittlesea
  • $750,000 for 6 new classrooms at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Wyndham

The State Government is building the Education State so that every community has access to a great school and every Victorian student can get a great education. This includes $120 Million to help build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools and a record $1.1 Billion to build new government schools and upgrade existing government school facilities.

“I’m proud to be part of a Government that is committed to securing the best possible education for students from every school in Victoria, including our many Catholic and independent schools.” Ambassador for Non-Government Schools Capital Funding Nick Staikos said.