May 12, 2015

Building The Education State In Footscray

Member for Footscray, Marsha Thomson, today announced students in the electorate of Footscray are big winners in the Andrews Labor Government’s first Education State Budget.
Ms Thomson said two local schools will share a total of $11 million for building and renovation projects:
• Sunshine College will receive $10 million for site consolidation and rebuilding facilities;
• $1 million will also go towards the preschool-to-postgraduate Footscray Education Precinct. This exciting national first will bring together early childhood education providers, Footscray City Primary School, Footscray City College, Victoria University and other stakeholders.

“I am delighted to see the Government’s commitment to Sunshine College has been met in our first budget along with initial funding for the Footscray Education Precinct,” Ms Thomson said.
“I’m also pleased to see Labor reconfirm our commitment to the Gonski agreement with the Budget meeting Gonski funding levels till the end of the 2017 school year.
“The Andrews Labor Government is transforming Victoria into the Education State so that all children have access to high-quality schools regardless of their background and where they live.”
The Labor Government has used its first Education State Budget to inject a massive $730 million back into school infrastructure to build and upgrade schools across the state, ensuring students are educated in the school environments they deserve.
Minister for Education, James Merlino, said, “This is the biggest education Budget ever, because Victorian students deserve nothing less.”
The Budget helps families struggling to afford the extra costs of education, providing $180 million for the things students need to fit in and thrive. Prep to Grade 3 students in 250 disadvantaged schools will get free eye tests and glasses if they need them, and Breakfast Clubs at disadvantaged schools will serve up the most important meal of the day to 25,000 students.
The Budget also funds the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools.
It also includes $120 million to build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools across the state, matching dollar-for-dollar the non-government sector’s contribution.
Other Budget commitments include:
• $35 million for 126 brand new relocatable classrooms to meet the demand of schools bursting at the seams;
• More than $25 million in extra funding for school maintenance;
• $10 million for an Inclusive Schools Package to provide additional infrastructure and equipment to support students with disabilities at schools across the state.