Treasurer and Local Member for Malvern Michael O'Brien joined Education Minister Martin Dixon today to announce $100,000 for an electrical upgrade at Malvern Primary School as part of the 2013-14 Victorian State Budget.
The announcement is in addition to almost $162 000 in maintenance funding the school has received, since the Victorian Coalition Government came to office in 2010, to repair or replace buildings on site.
"I am delighted to be announcing funding to complete a much-needed electrical upgrade at the school, resolving a long-standing power supply issue," Mr O’Brien said.
"I have worked with the local school community, including Principal Richard Bennetts and School Council President Jodi Fullarton-Healey, to make the case for this funding to be available. "I am delighted that the Coalition Government has delivered for the students and staff of Malvern Primary School.
"This work will ensure the school can operate at capacity and help students achieve their full potential," Mr O’Brien said.
Mr O’Brien said funding for the electrical upgrade formed part of $611 million in school capital works and school land purchases since November 2010.
Mr Dixon agreed the upgrade would be of great benefit to students.
"The Coalition Government is committed to bringing all school buildings and associated infrastructure up to an acceptable standard," Mr Dixon said.
"The Coalition Government is proud to deliver for school students across Victoria, and we will continue working to move Victorian Education into the global top tier.
"Since coming to office the Coalition Government has provided an initial $51.5 million in funding to repair or rebuild almost 570 buildings at 250 schools.
"This follows an independent state-wide condition assessment of every government school, which revealed a $420 million maintenance backlog left by the former Labor Government," Mr Dixon said.