BAYSWATER SCHOOLS TO SHARE IN $515M MAINTENANCE BLITZ

Bayswater schools will share in a $515 million in the single largest boost to
school maintenance ever undertaken, thanks to an unprecedented investment
by the Andrews Labor Government.

Jackson Taylor said this funding will support 13 schools across the electorate to
ensure every student can attend a great local government primary, secondary
or specialist school by tackling maintenance issues proactively.

The investment will more than double funding for maintenance at Victoria’s
state schools over the next two financial years, with more than $300 million to
be invested in 2019/20 and $290 million in 2020/21.

It will enable Bayswater schools to do essential works such as painting,
replacing carpet and windows, landscaping, tree inspections and maintenance
of infrastructure like septic systems and water services.

This increased investment will enable principals to get on with the job of
leading Victoria’s schools, by providing more funds to maintain the state’s
36,000 school buildings, while supporting schools to cater to the 115,000
additional students who are expected to enter the education system over the
next five years.

The package complements the Labor Government’s recent initiatives to
support schools to manage and maintain their facilities, including the Rolling
Facilities Evaluation and the rollout of maintenance plans for each school.

The Labor Government is investing $170.5 million in emergency and incident
response over five years, including an extra $57.8 million to address issues
such as septic system failure, termite damage, mould, roof and floor damage,
and $76.4 million to respond to unforeseen incidents and events such as
storms, fire or flooding.

Schools in some of the state’s highest-risk bushfire areas will also have access
to more funds to ensure they are ‘bushfire ready’, thanks to $44.2 million over
five years for fire preparedness activities like vegetation removal.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater, Jackson Taylor

“This is a massive win for our local community and I’m so proud to be a part of
a government that’s getting on with delivering for every student across our
area.”

“We know students get the most out of their education when they have safe,
modern classrooms to learn in, and first-rate facilities the school community
can feel proud of.”

“The Victorian Government is investing $515 million in our state schools to
ensure Bayswater students can attend a great local school and get a great
education.”

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