DELIVERING A GREAT LOCAL SCHOOL FOR LUCAS

Lucas families will have the great local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to contribute $1.5 million towards an upgrade at Siena Catholic Primary School.

The $1.8 million project will include the construction of gymnasium, site landscaping and bus exchange.

The upgrade is part of a new $400 million fund Labor will establish in partnership with the non-government school sector to upgrade and build new non-government schools across Victoria. The fund will also support the removal of dangerous asbestos and cladding in non-government schools.

Victoria is growing faster than any other state and territory and our schools need to accommodate more than 90,000 extra students by 2022. This means our government, Catholic and independent school sectors will all need more support to meet this demand.

Over one third of Victorian students attend a Catholic or independent school and only Labor will make sure they have the modern facilities they need to achieve their best.

The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system and didn’t spend a single cent on Catholic or independent schools during their four years in Government, leaving thousands of Victorian students in old and crowded classrooms.

The Andrews Labor Government has already delivered $120 million to upgrade and build new Catholic and independent schools across Victoria, giving parents more choice about their children’s education and making sure all Victorian kids have access to a great local school.

We also provided certainty for Catholic and independent schools by passing the Education and Training Reform Act – guaranteeing per-student funding to non-government schools is at least 25 per cent of per-student funding to government schools.

Right around the state, the Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools since coming to office in 2014. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. Only Labor will keep delivering for Victorians with a great local school, regardless of where they live.

Quote attributable to the Minister for Education James Merlino

“Families in Lucas deserve to know their kids are getting the very best start in life. With these upgrades we’ll make sure they are.”

Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford

“Lucas is a wonderful place for growing families to call home and only Labor will ensure those families can be confident that whatever choice they make, they’ll have a great local school.”