Napthine Government delivers additional $23 million for school maintenance

Minister for Education Martin Dixon today announced that 169 schools will receive a share of $23 million in additional maintenance funding to repair, replace, or rebuild school buildings.

The further investment of $23 million is in addition to the $51.5 million allocated in 2013, and $71 million allocated in the 2014-15 Victorian State Budget to address Labor’s $420 million maintenance backlog.

“During the 2012 maintenance audit – a fulfillment 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.

“After 11 years of Labor neglect and a 20 per cent cut to maintenance funding, the Napthine Government stepped in and took decisive action.

“The Coalition Government has delivered on its election promises, and has increased direct school maintenance funding by over 40 per cent, in contrast to Labor’s cuts and broken promises,” Mr Dixon said.

“In its first State Budget, the Coalition Government invested an additional $100 million in school maintenance including funding to cover cost overruns in Labor’s Building the Education Revolution for maintenance, cleaning, and utilities.

“We have already delivered $51.5 million in additional maintenance funding, and this second round of additional school maintenance funding will address the 321 Victorian government school buildings most in need of urgent works.

“Our record is clear – unlike Labor, when we make a promise, we deliver on it.”

Since 2011, the Victorian Coalition Government has delivered a $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including 23 new schools and upgrades to hundreds of existing schools.

For a full list of recipients, please go to: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/news/archive/Pages/maintenance.aspx