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Coalition delivers new $7.5 million learning centre for students at Mirboo North

Friday, June 06, 2014
 
  • $7.5 million investment delivers flexible learning centre for Mirboo North Secondary College students
  • Project provides new art, science, IT, food tech and classroom areas
  • Victorian Coalition Government is building a better education system

The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government has delivered on its election commitment to rebuild the Mirboo North Secondary College, with the $7.5 million redevelopment now complete.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan was in Mirboo North on Friday to officially open the new school which provides students with a modern and flexible learning space.


Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government had invested $7.5 million in the 2012/13 State Budget to enable the school to complete the long-awaited redevelopment.

He said the investment enabled the development of a modern flexible learning centre, that replaced buildings from the 1950s, and included new classrooms for general learning, art, IT, food technology, science, LOTE, woodwork, multimedia and metalwork.

“These new facilities ensure Mirboo North Secondary College can continue to deliver a high-quality curriculum and learning opportunities for its 350 students both now and into the future,” Mr Ryan said.

“A key feature of this new centre is the ability for classrooms to be opened up in a number of ways to create lecture rooms, small study spaces and meeting areas to best suit the activity taking place.”

Mr Ryan said Mirboo North Secondary College had an excellent reputation for high academic achievement in VCE and this redevelopment would ensure that continues.

“This investment means that students wanting to go on to university will have the learning facilities they need to achieve their required ATAR score,” Mr Ryan said.

“It also means that for students wanting to pursue a trade, such as carpentry or metalwork, those wanting to prepare for a career in hospitality, on farm, or in the arts, that they will have the facilities they need to best prepare for the career that awaits them.

“As the Leader of The Nationals and as the local Member of Parliament, I am proud to be here today to open this wonderful facility.”

Mirboo North Secondary College Principal Karen Lanyon said the school community was thrilled with the new facilities.

“When we began designing the project, we wanted to create a high quality flexible learning space that met the needs of the whole school community and this centre has definitely met the brief,” Ms Lanyon said.

“An important part of that brief was to ensure that rural students had facilities that were equal to if not better than their city counterparts, and that is what this space offers.”

Ms Lanyon said the new centre had allowed staff to better connect teaching programs with hands on projects.

“The new food technology area is at the standard it can be certified as a café, which allows students to get the feel of an actual restaurant, while the VCAL students are currently building a market garden to grow produce that will be used in the food tech area,” Ms Lanyon said.

“Students undertaking the VCAL program will also learn about and then build a pizza oven to complement their learning.”

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870

Regional Growth Fund makes McIndoe Park safer

Friday, June 06, 2014

  • McIndoe Park is now safer and more accessible for families and children
  • $120,000 upgrade includes new rotunda, free BBQs, perimeter fencing and improved disabled access
  • Victorian Coalition Government invested $88,000 to make the project a reality

Leongatha’s much-loved McIndoe Park is now safer and more accessible for families and children of all ages and abilities thanks to an $88,000 investment from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan was in Leongatha on Friday to officially open the $120,000 McIndoe Park Development Project.

Mr Ryan, who was joined by Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien at Friday's event, said the project included new perimeter fencing and child proof gates, new pathways to improve disabled access, as well as a new rotunda with free barbecues, tables and chairs.

“McIndoe Park is one of the most used and loved community spaces in Leongatha, regularly hosting large community events such as concerts and Australia Day celebrations,” Mr Ryan said.

“Its accessible playground and open space make it a popular place to play for children of all ages and abilities, while its beautiful surrounds and picnic facilities mean it’s a perfect location to host gatherings with family and friends or simply for an afternoon out.”

Mr Ryan said that while the park was a popular destination for locals and visitors to Leongatha, it wasn’t always safe.

“There are two busy roads bordering the park and an accessible water drain nearby which has caused significant concern for parents of young children,” Mr Ryan said.

“Having secure fencing around the perimeter of the park will mean children are protected from the road and water drain, providing much relief for parents.”

Mr O’Brien said the installation of new pathways linking the rotundas to the playground had greatly improved accessibility at McIndoe Park, particularly for students from the South Gippsland Specialist School.

“The South Gippsland Specialist School spends a lot of time at McIndoe Park thanks to its impressive range of accessible playground equipment,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The development of these new pathways will make it easier and safer for students to access the accessible play equipment, enabling them to get the most out of this wonderful facility.”

Mr Ryan thanked the South Gippsland Shire Council, which contributed $22,000 towards the project, and the Lions Club of Leongatha, which contributed $10,000.

He said this project was another example of the Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund putting locals first.

“Without a specific fund designed to support initiatives such as the McIndoe Park development, this important upgrade may have never been completed,” Mr Ryan said.

“The community asked for this development, local parents and the council drove it and the Coalition Government is proud to provide the funding to make it a reality.”

Mr Ryan said this project was one of more than 30 across South Gippsland to receive Regional Growth Fund support, delivering almost $60 million of leveraged investment to the region.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer  0437 547 731 


Gippsland schools celebrate Education Week

Friday, June 06, 2014

  • The 70th annual Education Week runs from 18-24 May
  • New resources and activities under theme – Scientists do Amazing Things
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better education system

This week schools across Gippsland will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Education Week while also discovering how science influences our daily lives.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said this year’s theme – Scientists do amazing things – would allow students to explore the wide range of career options in the field and participate in scientific experiments.

“Scientific innovation is the key to facing critical challenges like food and water security, delivering improved health and wellbeing, and ensuring Victoria’s prosperity and development,” Mr Ryan said.

“Education Week is a great time to celebrate Victoria’s education system, our scientific advancements, and for schools to showcase their programs to the local community.”

Mr Ryan said a revamped Education Week website, which contained sections for parents, teachers and students, provided information about science learning and careers, as well as fun science experiments to undertake at school and home.

“The Victorian economy is highly diversified and science is the key to many industries and services, including agriculture, manufacturing, building and construction, technology, research and education, and health,” Mr Ryan said.

“That is why the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government is investing a total of $31.2 million in 400 science teaching scholarships, training 200 Primary Maths and Science Specialists and developing six Specialist Science and Maths Centres.”

“In addition to that funding, the Coalition Government is also providing grants for schools to specialise in areas such as science, engineering, aeronautics and earth sciences.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was focused on building a better education system for all students and their families with a record $8.8 billion funding for schools in 2014. 

For more Education Week information, visit www.education.vic.gov.au/educationweek  

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870 stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au 

$15 million Cultural Hub project to boost Port of Sale

Friday, June 06, 2014
  • Victorian Coalition Government invest $4.75 million in Sale Cultural Hub
  • Gippsland Art Gallery and Sale Library to co-locate at Port of Sale Civic Centre
  • Victorian Coalition Government is building important local infrastructure

The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government will invest $4.75 million to co-locate the Gippsland Art Gallery and Sale Public Library at the Port of Sale, delivering a long awaited cultural and community hub for residents in Sale.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan joined Minister for Local Government Tim Bull at the Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale today to jointly announce the Coalition Government’s funding to support the $15 million Port of Sale Cultural Hub project.

Mr Ryan announced $4 million of the Coalition Government’s investment would come from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, with Mr Bull announcing the additional $750,000 would be provided through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.

Mr Ryan said the project would involve developing the existing Port of Sale Civic Centre into a cultural and community precinct incorporating an expanded Art Gallery and Library.

He said the new facility at the Port of Sale would include the library headquarters, offices, public meeting spaces, a central café, lounge area and free WIFI.

“The Gippsland Art Gallery currently has insufficient exhibition space, meaning its ability to host exhibits is limited. The Sale Public Library, which is currently located at the Sale Secondary College, faces a similar situation,” Mr Ryan said.

“This new facility will provide both the Art Gallery and Library with more room, with this new hub set to become be a great new asset for the community.

“The expanded Art Gallery is expected to attract a large portfolio of programs and blockbuster exhibitions, while the library will also be of great educational, social and cultural benefit to the local residents.”

Mr Bull said the project would also involve the relocation and consolidation of local council employees to the recently acquired Desailly Street commercial office block.

Mr Bull said the project would retain 29 existing jobs at both the Art Gallery and Library, create 38 new construction jobs and generate more than 40 indirect jobs in Sale.

Mr Ryan thanked funding partners including the Wellington Shire Council, which contributed $9.25 million towards the project, and local philanthropist John Leslie, who made a generous donation of $1 million.

“The new Port of Sale Cultural Hub will inject $15 million directly into the local economy and generate around $27 million in total economic output,” Mr Ryan said.

“Through initiatives such as our $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, the Coalition Government is delivering much-needed and important local infrastructure that will benefit regional and rural communities.”

Mr Bull said the Coalition Government were strong supporters of libraries in regional and rural Victoria.

“Our libraries are at the very heart of our communities with nearly half of all Victorians current members of their local library,” Mr Bull said.

“We are is investing more than $17 million in our Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, with a record $39.5 million to be invested through our Public Libraries Funding Program in 2014-15, the highest amount of ongoing funding ever provided for library service delivery.

“Over the past three years the Coalition Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program has provided $12.4 million towards 45 library projects across the state.”

Media contacts:

Ben Bulmer   0437 547 731 ben.bulmer@minstaff.vic.gov.au (Deputy Premier)                     

Sean Burton  0428 506 585 sean.burton@minstaff.vic.gov.au (Minister Bull)  

Coalition Government building a better Gippsland

Friday, June 06, 2014

This week’s Victorian Coalition Government 2014-15 State Budget delivers in the key areas of education, roads, tourism, business, emergency services and health, Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition’s State Budget delivers improved infrastructure and services for residents and businesses throughout Gippsland to build a better, more connected Victoria.

“This Budget is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into Gippsland and other regional cities and rural communities,” Mr Ryan said.

The Liberal Nationals Coalition Government outlined significant expenditure in the 2014-15 Budget that benefits residents in the Gippsland South electorate. Highlights include:

  • $5.6 million to upgrade Korumburra Secondary College;
  • $4 million for planning and stage One works at the Sale Specialist School; 
  • $5.12 million for the Leongatha heavy vehicle alternate route;
  • $14 million for regional tourism marketing to increase visitors to regional Victoria;
  • $14 million to provide small business owners with practical financial management, marketing and human resources strategies;
  • $4.7 million to upgrade the online energy price comparison tool, My Power Planner;
  • $65 million to fund bushfire management measures;
  • $29 million for the CFA to acquire 78 additional vehicles
  • $20.5 million to replace Respiratory Protection Equipment for CFA and MFB firefighters;
  • 5.5 million for practical on-ground partnership with Landcare groups;
  • An additional $3 million a year for the Boating Safety and Facilities Program, bringing total funding to $8 million annually; and
  • $1.2 billion commitment per year to Vocational Education and Training.

Mr Ryan said these investments build upon the Coalition Government’s recently announced budget initiatives. Highlights in the Gippsland South region include: 


  • An extra $130 million pumped into road maintenance, meaning that more than $500 million will be delivered in the coming year for maintaining roads - up from $384 million under Labor;
  • $73 million for a major redevelopment of Latrobe Regional Hospital, including a new emergency department with double the capacity of the current facility, a new 30-bed ward and a cardiac catheterisation laboratory;
  • $13.5 million for the rollout of new tasers to all 24 hour police stations across regional Victoria, including Sale; 
  • $34 million to expand drug and alcohol treatment services and tackle the use of illicit drugs including ice throughout the state, including Gippsland;
  • $2 million to improve wild dog control; and
  • $3 million to provide support for regional councils to assess infrastructure demand, develop business cases and manage projects.

“By rebuilding Victoria’s finances and keeping the economy strong, the Coalition Government has been able to advance key projects, including those under the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Nationals are exceptionally proud of the Regional Growth Fund, which has contributed to more than 70 projects in the Wellington and South Gippsland shires, leveraging almost $60 million in total investment.”

Mr Ryan said the local projects announced in the 2014-15 State Budget built on the Coalition Government’s significant investment in Gippsland over past Budgets.

Mr Ryan said the Liberal Nationals Coalition Government is building a better Victoria by delivering a strong budget with a record $27 billion investment in roads, rail, health and education, ensuring growth, jobs and opportunities across the state.

“This is in stark contrast to the risk that Daniel Andrews and Labor pose to Victoria’s economy and prosperity. Victorians cannot afford a return to Labor, which is more interested in kowtowing to its union mates than addressing the needs of regional Victorians,” he said.

“Only a Liberal Nationals Coalition Government can be trusted to deliver these important projects on time and within budget.”

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870
stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au



Equipment grants for Gippsland youth

Friday, June 06, 2014

  • Grants to purchase equipment for youth events now open
  • Coalition committed to helping young people stay connected
  • Grants of up to $5,000 open until Friday 16 May

Grants of up to $5,000 to purchase equipment such as projectors for youth movie nights, iPads for youth council meetings or PA systems for youth events are now available from the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the Coalition Government’s Equip program was making it easier for young people to get involved in their communities.

“The Equip grants provide funding to buy items such as iPads, laptops, cameras and sound systems that can be used to host youth events,” Mr Ryan said.

"We know that groups in rural areas have great ideas to get young people involved in their community, but sometimes need a helping hand, and these grants are providing that assistance.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government recognises the significant role young people play in shaping their local communities.

“As a government, we are committed to helping young people connect with their community through a number of programs such as the Be Heard Community Radio Program and Local Government Youth Inclusion Grants,” Mr Ryan said.

“These grants are only available to regional community organisations and councils, so I encourage all Gippsland groups to apply for a grant of up to $5,000.”

Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith said it is important that young people are supported to get involved in their local community.

“The Equip Grant program is part of the Coalition Government’s $3.2 million Shape It! strategy which supports young people in rural and regional Victoria to participate in local decision-making and their community.

“The program will be delivered through the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria’s ‘Victorian Rural Youth Services’ initiative which promotes research, training and policy development to support young people living in rural areas.

Applications close on Friday 16 May, visit: www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au to apply.

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870

Victorian Coalition Government is building a better regional Victoria

Friday, June 06, 2014

The Victorian Coalition Government's 2014-15 Victorian State Budget delivers record funding to build a better Victoria by investing in the future infrastructure and services to unlock the potential and drive growth across regional and rural communities.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the Coalition Government was investing in new job-creating infrastructure projects that would deliver more efficient roads and rail, better hospitals and schools and safer communities.

"The Coalition Government is building a better regional and rural Victoria by delivering infrastructure and services that unlock the growth potential of the regions," Mr Ryan said.

"Responsible financial management means we have delivered a healthy $1.3 billion surplus and maintain our AAA credit rating, enabling us to invest more in rural and regional Victoria."

Rail Infrastructure

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government's investment in regional and rural Victoria was spearheaded by a commitment of up to $220 million to build the Mildura to Geelong rail standardisation link as part of the Murray Basin Rail Project.

"The Coalition Government's Murray Basin Rail Project will transform the movement of freight across the state and unlock economic potential by delivering key country freight rail line upgrades and building the Mildura to Geelong rail standardisation link," Mr Ryan said.

"An additional $209.5 million is also delivered for the maintenance of new stations, bridge, other infrastructure and the delivery of new train and bus services along the $4.1 billion new Regional Rail Link, which will transform regional passenger rail services.

"Other rail investment includes $5.8 million to improve disability access at the Geelong Station and to upgrade the bus interchanges at Moorabool Street and North Shore in Geelong, $14.3 million for a new crossing loop at Rowsley to improve rail operations on the Ballarat line and $1.3 million for planning for the Avalon Airport Rail Link transport corridor," Mr Ryan said.

Road Infrastructure

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was strongly investing in building and upgrading roads across Victoria with an extra $130 million for roads maintenance and restoration, increasing our roads maintenance investment to more than $500 million for the coming year.

The State Budget delivers key regional and rural road projects in partnership with the Commonwealth including:

  • $362.2 million to duplicate the Princes Highway from Winchelsea to Colac;
  • $86 million for the Calder Highway interchange at Ravenswood;
  • $31.8 million for the Princes Highway East interchange at Sand Road;
  • $11 million for Princes Highway East overtaking lanes; and
  • $56.2 million for the Transport Solutions initiative which delivers targeted improvement projects to reduce bottlenecks and improve transport flows in key regional areas.

The Coalition Government will also invest $12.9 million to deliver the Pioneer Road duplication.

"In stark contrast, Labor's transport plan says it will set aside just $1 billion over eight years, or $125 million a year, for regional roads – slashing regional roads spending by two-thirds," Mr Ryan said.

"The money Labor cuts from country roads will be used to pay for Melbourne level crossing removals, where 32 of the 40 promised level crossing removals are in Labor held seats."

Hospitals and healthcare

Mr Ryan said that country hospitals would share in an extra $287 million to hospital bottom-line funding over the next year alone, to treat more patients and assist more people in emergency departments.

"The Coalition Government is investing in building better hospitals and delivering more efficient services so that regional Victorians can access the best healthcare," Mr Ryan said.

The State Budget's key regional and rural health investments include:

  • $73 million for Stage 2a of the Latrobe Regional Hospital redevelopment;
  • $28million to build the new Barwon Health-North facility;
  • $14 million for the Boort Hospital redevelopment; and
  • $8.6 million for two new Prevention & Recovery Care (PARC) mental health services, at Mildura and Warrnambool.

"This new spending builds on what we have already delivered including the biggest regional hospital in Australia's history – the $630 million Bendigo Hospital; the $46.4 million expansion of the Ballarat Hospital, the $65.6 million Echuca Hospital redevelopment and the $10 million Castlemaine Hospital upgrade, and hospital redevelopments at Mildura, Swan Hill, Kerang, Charlton, Numurkah, Geelong and Kilmore," Mr Ryan said.

"The regions will also share in $34.1 million to expand drug and alcohol treatment services and tackle the use of illicit drugs including ice.

"This funding boost will provide support services for over 2,000 extra people a year in rural and metro areas to respond to the growth in the use of ice," Mr Ryan said.

Education and training


Mr Ryan said regional and rural schools would share in a massive $500 million school capital investment package in the 2014-15 State Budget.

"The Coalition Government is building new schools, including $10 million Horsham College for modernisation and regeneration, $8.5 million for Geelong High School as part of $20 million commitment for a modernisation, and $7.8 for the Ballarat High School modernisation," Mr Ryan said.

"Additional to general budget spending, we're also investing $5 million over four years from the Regional Growth Fund into Year 12 retention in the regions.

"The regions will also share in $272.8 million in funding for increased support for students with moderate to severe disabilities in mainstream and specialist government schools.

"For skilling Victorians, the Coalition Government is investing $1.2 billion per year in vocational education and training. The Victorian Coalition Government is also investing $30 million in training for automotive workers," Mr Ryan said.

Food and fibre production

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government will continue to build a stronger food and fibre sector with $41 million of new initiatives in the 2014-15 Budget.

"This year's budget includes $35.4 million over four years, plus a further $6 million thereafter, for the Government's Food into Asia Action Plan to increase the volume and value of food exports into Asia, as we aim to double Victorian agricultural production by 2030," Mr Ryan said.

"The 2014-15 Budget will assist farmers in the war against wild dogs with an additional $1.8 million allocated for aerial baiting and ground baiting in North East Victoria and Gippsland.

"There is also $2.3 million to help establish a poppy industry in Victoria, and $1.6 million to deliver the Goulburn Valley fruit growing industry concessional loans package.

"The Coalition Government will also invest a further $40 million in water management initiatives which will help protect more communities from floods, tackle salinity and support the Murray Darling Basin Authority," Mr Ryan said.

Public Safety

Mr Ryan said the State Budget continues to invest in the CFA and the three highest CFA budgets in Victoria's history have all been delivered by the current Victorian Coalition Government.

"The 2014-15 CFA Budget is $457 million, $58 million more than Labor provided in its last year of office. This record investment shows Labor's 'CFA budget cuts' mantra is an outright lie," Mr Ryan said.

"The CFA investment will now include a bonus $17.2 million to purchase 49 additional medium tankers for CFA brigades on top of the 29 vehicles already coming out of the CFA's usual budget, and $20.5 million to replace all existing respiratory protection equipment for Victoria's fire services.

"The State Budget delivers $13.5 million to roll out Tasers to all regional 24-hour police stations as well as $14.4 million for the new Echuca Police Station and $8.4 million to establish an emergency service precinct at Ballarat West," Mr Ryan said.

Funding announced in the 2014-15 State Budget was in addition to the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, which has so far invested almost $400 million in more than 1,400 projects, generating more than $1.6 billion of total investment and expected to create thousands of jobs.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

$10,000 grants for crime prevention initiatives

Friday, June 06, 2014

  • Grants of up to $10,000 now open to local groups, schools and councils
  • Funding can be used for security lighting, fences and alarms
  • More than $200,000 in grants funding already delivered

Community groups, schools and councils in Gippsland are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for crime prevention initiatives as part of the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government’s Community Safety Fund.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said groups with innovative and practical community safety projects should apply.

“In the two previous rounds of these grants, groups in Wellington and South Gippsland shared in more than $200,000 to deliver projects in and around their clubrooms that improve safety and security,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government recognises that locals are best placed to identify and prioritise safety and security issues in their communities, and we will support them to do so.”

Mr Ryan said councils, community and sporting groups, and local schools are able to access these grants that can be used to install a range of security measures.

“This includes installing security lighting, padlocks, security screens, fencing, or undertaking awareness activities to deter crime and increase community safety,” he said.

Mr Ryan said previous local grant recipients included Nyora Recreation Reserve Committee, which received $10,000 to install security lighting, and Sale Scout Group, which was granted more than $9,000 to install security lighting and fencing.

Crime Prevention Minister Edward O’Donohue said the grants support local community groups to help provide safer and more secure facilities for local people.

“Over the past three years, the Coalition Government has provided more than $2.8 million to fund 422 projects across the state through the grants,” Mr O’Donohue said.

“The grants are part of the Coalition Government’s $35 million Community Crime Prevention Program, which helps promote community safety and prevent crime in communities across Victoria.”

Applications close on Monday 12 May and to apply, visit: www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/safetygrants

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870 

$5 million for first phase of Benalla Education Regeneration

Friday, June 06, 2014


  • 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.”

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

Deputy Premier announces $4.75 million Wangaratta High School redevelopment

Friday, June 06, 2014


  • Deputy Premier announces $4.75 million for Wangaratta High School 
  • Block A to be demolished, replaced by a modern teaching and learning space 
  • Victorian Coalition Government is delivering record education funding

The Victorian Coalition Government will fund much-needed upgrades to Wangaratta High School as part of the 2014-15 Victorian Budget, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan announced today.

Mr Ryan joined Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy in Wangaratta to announce that the Coalition Government would invest $4.75 million to deliver modern teaching and learning spaces, as part of stage three of the Wangaratta High School masterplan.

Mr Ryan said the project would involve demolishing Block A’s dilapidated classrooms and administration facilities, replacing it with modern classrooms and open spaces.

“Block A was described as substandard, worn and of poor quality in the Coalition Government’s recent maintenance audit of every school in Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government is proud to deliver this much-needed funding to support the replacement of Block A.

“I thank local teachers, parents, students and the broader Wangaratta community who have championed this project, and I applaud their dedication to see it through to completion.

“I also pay tribute to the Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy who has strongly advocated for this project in the Parliament; he can take great pride in the fact this funding has now been delivered.”

Mr Ryan said the project would complement works already undertaken as part of the school’s masterplan.

“Stage one of the masterplan saw the development of new senior school facilities, with stage two delivering a new science block and administration facilities,” Mr Ryan said

“The Coalition Government’s investment will finalise the work outlined in the masterplan, providing a school that will meet the educational needs of the region’s students long into the future.”

Mr McCurdy said securing this funding marked a great day for the Wangaratta community and the school’s 950 students.

He said the school community would be provided with the opportunity to have its say in how the funds should be directed to ensure the best return for students.

“This project will have a significant and positive impact on Wangaratta High School students,” Mr McCurdy said.

“I am proud to be part of a Coalition Government that is investing in local schools and building a brighter future for students in Wangaratta and the North East.”

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.”

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122 les.white@minstaff.vic.gov.au.