Massive maintenance blitz to upgrade every state school

Every single Victorian government school will get a share of $515 million in the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken, thanks to an unprecedented investment by the Andrews Labor Government.

The funding will ensure existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained, and builds on the Government’s historic $5.6 billion investment in new and upgraded schools.

$1.6 million has been allocated to Bentleigh electorate schools, including:

Moorabbin Primary School $56,649

Ormond Primary School $50,896

Bentleigh West Primary School $113,175

McKinnon Primary School $109,448

Tucker Road Bentleigh Primary School $106,319

Coatesville Primary School $98,744

Valkstone Primary School $103,951

East Bentleigh Primary School $63,712

Southmoor Primary School $71,841

Berendale School $96,681

Bayside Special Developmental School $112,549

Southern Autistic School $146,422

Bentleigh Secondary College $203,897

McKinnon Secondary College $279,262

The investment will more than double funding for maintenance at Victoria’s state schools over the next two financial years, with more than $300 million to be invested in 2019/20 and $290 million in 2020/21.

It will enable schools to do essential works such as painting, replacing carpet and windows, landscaping, tree inspections and maintenance of infrastructure like septic systems and water services.

This increased investment will enable principals to get on with the job of leading Victoria’s schools, by providing more funds to maintain the state’s 36,000 school buildings, while supporting schools to cater to the 115,000 additional students who are expected to enter the education system over the next five years.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“Sometimes it’s the little things that can have a really big impact. From fixing leaky taps to a new lick of paint – this investment will help every child, in every state school, right across Victoria.”

“Every single one of Victoria’s more than 1,500 state schools will benefit from this investment. We are building 100 new schools, but we’re also looking after existing buildings we have.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos

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