$2.5m build boost

Good news, but funding serves as backhanded compliment

MYRTLEFORD P-12 College leaders are in celebration mode after earning the lion’s share of a new round of State Government funding.

The school has won more than 10 per cent of a $23-million allocation for a maintenance backlog in Victorian schools.

The college will use the money to demolish and replace a former administration building facing Mummery Road.

Education Minister Martin Dixon announced the $2.5 million grant as the result of a 2012 statewide assessment of government school buildings.

“During the 2012 maintenance audit – a fulfilment of a Coalition Government election promise – all 27,000 Victorian government school buildings were assessed, and the audit exposed a decade of Labor neglect,” Mr Dixon said.

“The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office found Labor’s Building the Education Revolution program was underfunded by $70-million and forced schools to maintain underutilised facilities and buildings.”

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