Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson today announced that six schools in the electorates of Ballarat, Bendigo and Gorton will benefit from upgrades to their facilities thanks to grants from the Morrison Government.

Senator Henderson said the Australian Government is providing $10.28 million to schools in the electorates of Ballarat, Bendigo and Gorton through the Capital Grants Program, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure.

“This substantial funding provides a real boost to these schools that will benefit students, staff and the entire school community,” Senator Henderson said.

The following schools and projects in the electorates of Ballarat, Bendigo and Gorton will receive funding under the Capital Grants Program in 2020;

Ballarat electorate:

– St Patrick’s Parish Primary School in Ballarat will receive $2 million for the partial demolition of an existing house for the construction of Multipurpose Hall and associated spaces and benefit from the refurbishment of general learning areas, administration areas, entry and existing Multipurpose Hall into classrooms.
– Emmaus Catholic Primary School in Mount Clear will receive $2 million for the construction of administration building comprising reception, first aid, offices, meeting rooms, staff lounge and resource area and amenities and benefit from the refurbishment of existing building to create general learning areas and student amenities.

Bendigo electorate:

– Castlemaine Steiner School in Muckleford will receive $1,280,000 for the construction of a specialist Year 7 and 8 building to include one science laboratory, information technology room, resource centre, preparation spaces and amenities.
– St Joseph’s School in Bendigo will receive $1.4 million for the demolition, construction and refurbishment of an Administration Building to rectify significant defects.

Gorton electorate:

– Melton Christian College in Melton South will receive $600,000 for the construction of a two-storey building to include six general learning areas, withdrawal room, staff room, three staff offices, uniform shop, store rooms, student amenities and car park works and benefit from the installation of a lift and demolition of an existing uniform and classroom building and existing amenities block.
– A new Catholic Primary School in Mt Atkinson will receive $3 million for the construction of Stage 1 of a new Edmund Rice Education Authority Catholic primary school (opening 2023), including construction of administration, general learning areas, amenities and associated spaces.

Senator Henderson said that “students and teachers thrive when their schools have modern and up-to-date facilities – that’s why the Morrison Government is proud of the Capital Grants Program, which has benefited thousands of schools across the nation.

“Our Government is ensuring that every child gets a quality education no matter where they go to school. We are providing a record $314.7 billion for all Australian Schools from 2018 to 2029.

“We are delivering real, needs-based funding that is matched by national reforms that will drive better results and outcomes, as recommended by David Gonski in his Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools.

“I congratulate these schools on their successful grant application and look forward to seeing the positive impact the new facilities will have on students and our community.”

Senator Henderson said these six projects form part of the 158 projects approved for funding under the Capital Grants Program to commence in 2021.

Schools that want to learn more about the Capital Grants Program can visit https://www.education.gov.au/capital-grants-non-government-schools.

27 November 2020