Students at 79 schools across the state will soon benefit from having maintenance works carried out at their schools thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that 79 schools will share in $3.5 million of Planned Maintenance Program funding to help address their various maintenance needs.

Altona District schools will get $120,000 to do essential work such as painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, and fixing roofs, as well as repairing landscaping like pathways and stairs.

The Planned Maintenance Program provides funding for vital maintenance works based on need.

A new evaluation system was put in place last year to provide more up-to-date information on the condition of school infrastructure to create a more timely and targeted allocation of PMP funding.

Schools will also benefit from the $515 million Maintenance Blitz investment announced in September 2019. This funding will maintain existing school infrastructure over the next five years to keep Victoria’s 1500 schools safe and modern.

Today’s investment is in addition to $6.1 billion already invested in Victorian school infrastructure over the past budgets, which is delivering more than 1,400 school upgrades and supporting over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians.

Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy

“We know students get the most out of their education when they have safe, modern classrooms and first-rate facilities to make the school community proud.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“This will make sure that all communities have a local school that is well maintained, modern and safe.”