The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students at Benalla P-12 College have better learning environments, with a huge investment to deliver a major upgrade for the growing school.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest $14.3 million to deliver the next stage of upgrades in new food technology, a canteen, staffing and junior school buildings.

This builds on the $12 million allocated to the school in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 and $3.5 million allocated to the school in the Victorian Budget 2016/17.

Major upgrades will be delivered at 29 mainstream schools – with funding provided to expand capacity to meet enrolment growth at an additional two established schools – making sure every Victorian family has access to the best learning facilities, close to home.

Upgrades will deliver more space for schools in growing communities, improved learning spaces and sports facilities – giving students better educational outcomes in more modern facilities.

Students with special needs should receive the same opportunities as every other student in our state. Alongside upgrading mainstream schools like Benalla P-12 College, this Budget will upgrade 36 special schools.

That means since the Labor Government was elected, every single special school in Victoria will have received funding for a major upgrade.

In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries.

The Government is well ahead of schedule in its work to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“There are close to 900 students enrolled in Benalla P-12 – by investing in their school we are investing in those students’ futures.”

“You can’t get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom – this investment will go a long way towards improving the facilities for students at Benalla P-12 College and making their educational journey a modern and engaging one.”

“Since being elected I’ve worked hard to deliver for my former high school and its fantastic to complete this vital final stage.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“We’re making sure every Victorian student has access to the best facilities at school, no matter where they live.”