- Victorian Coalition Government commits to delivering Benalla Education Regeneration
- 2014/15 State Budget invests $5 million in the first phase of work
- Coalition Government is building a better regional Victoria
The Victorian Coalition Government will deliver the visionary Benalla Education Regeneration project with a first phase investment of $5 million allocated in the 2014/15 Victorian Budget, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan announced today.
Mr Ryan joined Member for Benalla Bill Sykes at Benalla P-12 to announce that the Coalition Government would continue building a better Victoria by investing $5 million to begin the community driven education development.
Mr Ryan said Benalla P-12 was created when four Benalla schools merged at the beginning of 2013, and currently operates across four campuses.
“The uncertainty around this project was how do we bring these four facilities into one,” Mr Ryan said.
“Today I am here to announce that the Coalition Government will invest $5 million to deliver certainty to this project.”
Mr Ryan said the $5 million would ensure the school’s master plan could be completed, and initial building works could be started.
“This announcement will enable us begin important building works over the course of this year,” Mr Ryan said.
“The funding will continue to flow for this project over the coming years under a Coalition Government.”
Mr Ryan paid tribute to Mr Sykes , the school council and the broader school community for their joint vision and making this project a reality.
“It’s a very courageous thing for a community to decide to establish one school out of four. It’s also a far sighted decision because this is the best way forward for future generations of Benalla students,” Mr Ryan said.
“Securing this funding is a wonderful vote of confidence for Benalla and we as a government are proud to support it.”
Mr Sykes said securing this important initial funding marked a great day for the Benalla community and the school’s more than 1000 students.
“Securing funding to begin works at Benalla P-12 was my highest priority heading into this Budget and I am thrilled to be here today to make this announcement,” Mr Sykes said.
“This announcement will be well received by the community and it will have a significant and positive impact on Benalla P-12 students.”
Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was delivering better schools right across regional and rural Victoria as part of its strategy to boost education in Victoria.
“The Coalition Government has boosted funding for school maintenance and is providing a record $8.8 billion in funding for primary and secondary school education in the 2014 calendar year,” Mr Ryan said.
“Delivering modern school infrastructure is vital if we are to create a truly world-class school system here in Victoria.”
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