Coalition pledges $5 million to upgrade Parkhill Primary

Parkhill Primary School at Ashwood will receive a major $5 million upgrade under a re-elected Coalition Government, Premier Denis Napthine announced today.

Dr Napthine made the announcement during a visit to the school today with Education Minister Martin Dixon and the local Member for Burwood, Graham Watt, on the first day back at school in term 4.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is building better schools for all Victorian students and I’m delighted to announce a $5 million upgrade of Parkhill Primary School if the Coalition Government is returned,” Dr Napthine said.

“This $5 million investment will enable the Parkhill school community to complete a master plan and then deliver permanent, high quality facilities to support the learning and teaching of its 300-strong students and staff.

“The project will see a rebuild of the Prep to Year 6 classrooms and a refurbishment of the library and administration areas. Our Government is committed to improving education in Burwood by ensuring students and families have access to the very best facilities and learning spaces available,” Dr Napthine said.

Mr Dixon said the Napthine Government has a clear record of delivering high quality educational infrastructure.

“As a former teacher and principal I am proud that the Victorian Coalition Government is delivering 23 new schools, and upgrades to hundreds of schools, like Parkhill Primary School,” Mr Dixon said.

Mr Watt said Burwood was benefitting from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure..

“The Napthine Government has already delivered $15.5 million for Ashwood Secondary College, and $2.6 million for Solway Primary School, as well as $900,000 for Ashburton Primary School in Burwood,” Mr Watt said.

“While Labor neglected these schoosl and cut statewide maintenance funding by 20 per cent, we have increased maintenance funding by 40 per cent to address Labor’s shameful underinvestment in key growth areas, like Burwood.

“If the Napthine Government is re-elected in November, I look forward to working with the school community to deliver this important upgrade for Parkhill Primary and the broader Burwood community, continuing our positive investment in education in the region,” Mr Watt said.

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.